[NAFEX] Tree from 2,000-year-old seed is doing well
hans-brinkmann at t-online.de
Fri Jun 13 10:52:13 EDT 2008
a 2000 years old Magnolia kobus seed is growing well at Japan!
1985 it was found at a excavation of a village from the Yayoi Period.
The flowers differ significant from the up-to-date wild Magnolia kobus.
10.000 years old arctic Lupinus seeds did germinate also.
> Tree from 2,000-year-old seed is doing well
> By RANDOLPH E. SCHMID, AP Science Writer Thu Jun 12, 3:42 PM ET
> WASHINGTON - Just over three years old and about four-feet tall,
> Methuselah is growing well. "It's lovely," Dr. Sarah Sallon said of the
> date palm, whose parents may have provided food for the besieged Jews at
> Masada some 2,000 years ago.
> The little tree was sprouted in 2005 from a seed recovered from Masada,
> where rebelling Jews committed suicide rather than surrender to Roman
> Radiocarbon dating of seed fragments clinging to its root, as well as
> other seeds found with it that didn't sprout, indicate they were about
> 2,000 years old — the oldest seed known to have been sprouted and grown.
> Sallon, director of the Louis L. Borick Natural Medicine Research Center
> at Hadassah Medical Organization in Israel, updates the saga of
> Methuselah in Friday's edition of the journal Science.
> One thing they don't know yet is whether it's a boy or girl. Date palms
> differ by sex, but experts can't tell the difference until the tree is
> six or seven years old, Sallon said.
> She hopes there's a chance to use it to restore the extinct Judean date
> palm, once prized not only for its fruit but also for medicinal uses.
> The researchers have had a look at the plant's DNA, however, and found
> it shares just over half its genes with modern date cultivars.
> "Part of our project is to preserve ancient knowledge of how plants were
> used," Sallon said in a telephone interview. "To domesticate them so we
> have a ready source of raw material."
> Her Middle Eastern Medicinal Plant Project is working to conserve and
> reintroduce plants to the region where they once lived.
> "Many species are endangered and becoming extinct. Raising the dead is
> very difficult, so it's better to preserve them before they become
> extinct," she said.
> The oldest documented seed to be grown previously was a 1,300-year-old
> lotus, Sallon said.
> On the Net:
> Science: http://www.sciencemag.org
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