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Millennial timescale regeneration in a moss from Antarctica

Roads, Esme; Longton, Royce; Convey, Peter. 2014 Millennial timescale regeneration in a moss from Antarctica. Current Biology, 24 (6). R222-R223. 10.1016/j.cub.2014.01.053

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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 [1]. 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 [2], but there are no reported instances of regrowth occurring directly from older preserved material

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.1016/j.cub.2014.01.053
Programmes: BAS Programmes > Polar Science for Planet Earth (2009 - ) > Ecosystems
BAS Programmes > Polar Science for Planet Earth (2009 - ) > Environmental Change and Evolution
ISSN: 0960-9822
Date made live: 19 Mar 2014 14:28 +0 (UTC)
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/504448

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