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Should global catastrophe strike, the world’s crops at least will be safe, deep-frozen in a vault in the middle of a Norwegian mountain. Johnny Davis ventures inside the Noah's Ark for seeds...

2008-02-16

 seed future apocalypse plant Norway species diversity botany
There is now even more evidence that life on Earth may have been seeded by material from asteroids or comets. Prior research has shown how amino acids - the building blocks of life - could form elsewhere in the cosmos. These molecules can form in two versions, but life on Earth exclusively uses just one of them. Now an Astrophysical Journal Letters paper shows how conditions around a far-flung star could favour the formation of one type...

2011-01-26

 amino acid life evolution star chemistry organic extraterrestrial life asteroid seed meteorite
Plant height rather than seed mass is a better predictor of how far seeds will be dispersed.

2011-07-14

 height plant seed dispersal multiplication
Scientists in Russia have grown plants from fruit stored away in permafrost by squirrels over 30,000 years ago.

2012-02-20

 seed plant freeze hibernation