A group of scientists found a way to grow plants from seeds that are over 2000 years old.
The seeds are from some kind of palm tree. It is very unusual to find seeds that old and still can grow something from it. The seeds need a lot of time to develop.
For example, a palm tree sapling that has about 30 cm, grows in over 56 months, so this process will take years until they get full growth. This type of palm tree has a historical story, and it can be found in Mauritania but also in the Indus Valley in the east. The plan is to mix the seeds, some of them are boys, and some of them are girls. The science team is willing to burry seeds with a different gender to see what the results are.
All seeds included in this project, have names and all of them are from in Judea since biblical times. Like a said before, there are boys and girls, and no one is left outside.
Scientists Grew Plants From 2000-Year-Old Seeds
Let’s start with the boy’s name: Methuselah, Adam, Jonah, Uriel, Boaz. Here are the boys, five of them. Now let’s see the girls: Judith and Hannah. I think that we have some competition here, two against 5. Boys, you have got yourself a challenge here!
The age of the seeds is between 1,800 – 2,400 years old, and it was found in the Judean desert from archeological sites. Date palm seeds have no problem with dehydration, and this may be the reason that kept them alive for so long.
Scientists expect that after they are breed, fruits will come out, they say that the fruits won’t be as good as usual ones, but we’ll be able to eat them. They think that this is a grand experiment and hope to be a real success.