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Experts rediscover plant presumed extinct for 60 years


 
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 25, 2010 12:00 am    Post subject: Experts rediscover plant presumed extinct for 60 years Reply with quote

Lovely happy-ending article on the BBC Website
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In a small, noisy laboratory, tucked away in London's Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, a tiny plant is growing.

It looks just like a very small parsley bush, but it is actually a very special little plant indeed.

Clean air has to be constantly circulated in the lab to protect it from any bacteria.

This precious specimen is the Anogramma ascensionis fern, commonly known as the parsley fern. Since the 1950s, botanists believed it to be extinct.

It is native to Ascension - an island in the South Atlantic, which is one of Britain's overseas territories. And a small project supported by Kew's overseas territories programme has rediscovered and rescued it - a timely success story, as this year has been dubbed International Year of Biodiversity.


http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science_and_environment/10402534.stm

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 25, 2010 12:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

well done to Kew they do great work , would love to visit . Very Happy

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 25, 2010 8:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

More good news stories please, so heartening to read such things.
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