Photo by Melody

Saving Seeds: 30,000 year old fruits sprout

Communities > Forums > Saving Seeds
Forum: Saving SeedsReplies: 1, Views: 97
Add to Bookmarks


Everett, WA
(Zone 8a)

February 21, 2012
5:00 PM

Post #9015144

The Institute of Cell Biophysics in Russia raised plants of Silene stenophylla (Campion Family) from fruit stored in Siberian permafrost by squirrels over 30,000 years ago. Currently, that permafrost is 20-40 meters below ground level.

They could not germinate the mature SEEDS they found, but were able to get plants from "placental tissue" in the fruit itself. The plants they grew were subtly differtent from contemporary plants of the same species: evolution in action.

The previous germination/propagation age record was a 2,000 year old date palm from Masada.

So maybe our LONG-term storage plans shouldn't be freezing seeds, but whole fruit?

Thumbnail by RickCorey_WA
Click the image for an enlarged view.

Frankfort, KY
(Zone 6a)

February 27, 2012
5:18 AM

Post #9021556

You are faster than I am. I came over to post this story.
Now this IS a Heirloom.
For more goggle 30,000 year old seed

You cannot post until you register, login and subscribe.

Other Saving Seeds Threads you might be interested in:

SubjectThread StarterRepliesLast Post
Beans Crossing ragamuffin 2 Dec 25, 2007 7:28 AM
Angelonia tiG 12 Nov 11, 2007 1:19 PM
'homemade' dessicant? patfrompa 4 Dec 16, 2010 7:09 PM
cant find cats whiskers seed berrygirl 16 Jan 7, 2008 4:34 PM
Mountain laurel seeds txjaks 3 Jul 8, 2008 5:36 PM

Overwhelmed? There's a lot to see here. Try starting at our homepage.

[ Home | About | Advertise | Media Kit | Mission | Featured Companies | Submit an Article | Terms of Use | Tour | Rules | Privacy Policy | Cookie Policy | Contact Us ]

Back to the top

Copyright © 2000-2015 Dave's Garden, an Internet Brands company. All Rights Reserved.

Hope for America