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Thursday, November 24, 2005

Sapling thrives from 2,000-year-old seed

Now THAT is an heirloom variety! It is amazing that some seeds can remain viable after thousands of years. I guess this points out the truly elegant evolution of plants to perpetuate the species.

JERUSALEM, Nov. 23 (UPI) -- Israeli scientists say a sapling germinated earlier this year from a 2,000-year-old date palm seed is thriving.

"It's 80 centimeters (three feet) high with nine leaves, and it looks great," Sarah Sallon, director of the Hadassah Medical Organization's Louis L. Borick Natural Medicine Research Center in Jerusalem, told National Geographic News. (Continued at link below)

(Via Science Daily)


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