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Millennial timescale regeneration in a moss from Antarctica

Roads, E., Longton, R. E. and Convey, P. (2014) Millennial timescale regeneration in a moss from Antarctica. Current Biology, 24 (6). R222-R223. ISSN 0960-9822

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2014.01.053

Abstract/Summary

Mosses, dominant elements in the vegetation of polar and alpine regions, have well-developed stress tolerance features permitting cryptobiosis. However, direct regeneration after longer periods of cryptobiosis has been demonstrated only from herbarium and frozen material preserved for 20 years at most. Recent field observations of new moss growth on the surface of small moss clumps re-exposed from a cold-based glacier after about 400 years of ice cover have been accompanied by regeneration in culture from homogenised material, but there are no reported instances of regrowth occurring directly from older preserved material.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Biological Sciences > Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
ID Code:40289
Publisher:Elsevier

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