Frozen Underground for 1,500 Years, a Moss Comes Back to Life

A team of British researchers drilled core samples from moss beds on Signy Island, off Antarctica, and took slices from different depths back to the lab. Then they warmed up the samples in an incubator and exposed them to light to see if they could get anything to grow. They weren’t optimistic. The deepest layers from their Antarctic cores were more than 1,500 years old.

And the record for getting frozen plant material to start growing again was no more than 20 years.

To the researchers’ surprise even the oldest mosses in their core samples began to grow new shoots,...

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Plants always make me feel good!

Me too.  Hooray for plants!

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