Scientists Were Able To Grow A Plant From A 3,2000 Years Old Seed And It Is All Thanks To Squirrels.

Scientists Were Able To Grow A Plant From A 3,2000 Years Old Seed And It Is All Thanks To Squirrels.

Six Russian scientists have made a remarkable discovery while investigating the burrows of ancient squirrels. They discovered seeds that were 32,000 years old.

In 2012, S. Yashina, S. Gubin, S. Maksimovich, A. Yashina, E. Gakhova, and D. Gilichinsky found some 32,000-year-old seeds and managed to grow a viable plant from them. These seeds were found covered in ice and buried 125 feet underground, deep in the Siberian permafrost.

This fascinating discovery was made when scientists were investigating the burrows of ancient squirrels. The plant that had grown from these seeds was, in fact, a Silene stenophylla, a flower that looks strikingly similar to its modern doppelgänger that still grows in Siberia.

It is still a mystery how these plant seeds managed to survive to this day. Recently, some scientists in Austria decided to start tackling this mystery by investigating the DNA of these ancient plants.



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The investigation is currently carried out at Vienna's University of Natural Resources And Life Sciences. The goal behind this exploration is to find whether any changes in the plant genes occurred throughout these years and to find whether they can adapt to very dry, hot, or cold conditions. Such findings could be really useful when dealing with climate change and looking for ways to help other plants survive.

Moreover, as the Russian permafrost is now thawing, researchers will also be able to investigate the environment further to see what factors might have helped the seeds stay viable.

“I think mankind needs to be thankful for every piece of knowledge that we are able to create to protect our croplands,” says Professor Margit Laimer, a plant biotechnologist at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in Vienna.



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7. Many applauded the scientists for this discovery







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9. Others were quick to point out that 2020 is definitely not the year for this discovery






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