Scientist dig up seeds stashed beneath a college campus 142 years ago


  • kbmbillups1
    kbmbillups1 Posts: 1,318 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Wow! I can't read the article without paying. Do they plant them to see if they grow and if so what kind of plant it is?

  • flowerpower *
    flowerpower * Posts: 257 ✭✭✭

    @dottile46 @kbmbillups1 Yes, inquiring minds want to know! Also, why under the cover of darkness?

  • Torey
    Torey Posts: 5,517 admin

    Fascinating article! Somewhat surprised that a Verbascum species is one of the survivors. But as there were only 21 original species of seeds buried, that isn't much of a tell.

    Darkness to prevent the seeds being affected by any sunlight.

    I didn't have an issue reading the whole article. There was a pop-up that wanted me to subscribe but I could read the article without subscribing.

  • water2world
    water2world Posts: 1,091 ✭✭✭✭

    WOW---Just think of all of the possibilities! (I also ignored the pop-up screen and could read the article). Thanks @dottile46 for posting this.

  • karenjanicki
    karenjanicki Posts: 947 ✭✭✭✭

    That's cool!

  • dipat2005
    dipat2005 Posts: 1,226 ✭✭✭✭

    I was quite amazed. Imagine you and I can keep seeds longer than we keep them now! Thank you for sharing.

  • Annie Kate
    Annie Kate Posts: 680 ✭✭✭✭
    edited April 2021

    Wow, I am excited when seeds stay viable for 5 years, but this is a whole lot more. It is good to know. I wonder if we bury some of our best seeds in sealed canning jar with dessicant how long they would stay good?

  • Tave
    Tave Posts: 952 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Yes, a very cool article. Thanks for sharing. I also ignored the pop-up.

  • Cornelius
    Cornelius Posts: 872 ✭✭✭✭

    This is awesome! I want to repeat that experiment now with more varieties and see what happens a 100 years from now. Thank you for sharing!

  • stephanie447
    stephanie447 Posts: 404 ✭✭✭

    These finds may just save us from all the GMO seeds being created by Monsanto et al.

  • JennyT Upstate South Carolina
    JennyT Upstate South Carolina Posts: 1,273 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I saw this article and read it as well. It was fascinating that this project has been going on for this long. I agree with one of the researchers, to bad Dr. Beal didn't bury any more bottles with seeds and more variety of seeds.😊