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Scientists Resurrect Seeds from 1850s

Published tisdag 16 februari 2010 kl 19.05
Acacia, in a more modern form.

 In an unusual scientific feat, Swedish researchers have granted life to an acacia tree from 150-year-old seeds. News agency TT reports that Swedish doctor Oskar Theodor Sandahl sent the seeds from Egypt to his home country, where they eventually became part of the Nordic Museum in Stockholm.

The agricultural project was undertaken as part of a larger program to try to grow 13,000 different types of old seeds found in the museum’s collection. Only a few of Sandahl’s seeds actually germinated, and just one tree survived.

The results have been published on the website of academic journal Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution.

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