Scientists are exploring how an arctic plant came back to life after 32 thousand years

Silene stenophylla was found deep beneath the ice in Siberia, and then the plant was revived by Russian scientists who sprouted 32,000-year-old seeds in glass bottles.

The seeds were found covered with ice at a depth of 38 meters below permafrost and regenerated in glass bottles.

But now, Austrian scientists are trying to map the genomes of secular plants to determine how the seeds could last so long.

Professor Margit Lymer, a plant biologist at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in Vienna, said that permafrost in Russia is now thawing, and now she and her colleagues can conduct further research.

Researchers want to see if there are changes in plant genes that can adapt to very dry, hot or cold conditions that can be helpful in helping combat climate change.

Professor Lymer said: “I think that humanity should be thankful for every piece of knowledge that we can obtain in order to protect our arable land.”

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