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Wed Jun 1, 2022, 10:49 AM

Scientists Find World's Largest Plant In Australia

Source: Huffington Post

Researchers were stunned when they discovered a species of seagrass had effectively cloned itself for 4,500 years and covered nearly 80 square miles.

By
Nick Visser
Jun. 1, 2022, 04:22 AM EDT | Updated 5 hours ago

SYDNEY ― Researchers have made a startling discovery beneath the waters off Western Australia. A meadow of sea grass stretching more than 110 miles long was actually a single plant that had spent the past 4,500 years cloning itself to carpet an area three times larger than Manhattan.

The findings, published Wednesday in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B, make the colony of Posidonia australis, or ribbon weed, the largest known plant on Earth, scientists said.

Elizabeth Sinclair, a senior research fellow at the University of Western Australia and a lead author of the study, said her team has been testing seagrass meadows around Australia for genetic diversity for years to see how they respond to climate change. When her team visited an area known as Shark Bay, a relatively pristine landscape untouched by development, they went beneath the waves to collect samples of seagrass to see what types of plants were growing across the ocean floor.

The answer was one.

ďItís quite bizarre when you think about it, thereís this plant in one end of the bay and then you move 100 kilometers down to the other end and itís the same plant,Ē Sinclair said.



Read more: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/worlds-largest-plant_n_629707bde4b090b53b7ed338



Wow !!


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TeamProg Jun 2022 OP
Goonch Jun 2022 #1
The Magistrate Jun 2022 #2
Hekate Jun 2022 #3
sdfernando Jun 2022 #4
Effete Snob Jun 2022 #5
TeamProg Jun 2022 #6
Wednesdays Jun 2022 #7
live love laugh Jun 2022 #22
Jerry2144 Jun 2022 #8
Bluepinky Jun 2022 #14
Botany Jun 2022 #9
Wounded Bear Jun 2022 #10
wendyb-NC Jun 2022 #11
Joinfortmill Jun 2022 #12
LittleGirl Jun 2022 #13
DFW Jun 2022 #15
electric_blue68 Jun 2022 #20
Bayard Jun 2022 #16
mysteryowl Jun 2022 #17
EndlessWire Jun 2022 #25
867-5309. Jun 2022 #18
central scrutinizer Jun 2022 #19
electric_blue68 Jun 2022 #21
live love laugh Jun 2022 #23
EndlessWire Jun 2022 #24



Response to TeamProg (Original post)

Wed Jun 1, 2022, 11:07 AM

3. Australia is an astonishing place

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Response to TeamProg (Original post)

Wed Jun 1, 2022, 11:08 AM

4. Very impressive

and it doesn't look a day over 3500!

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Wed Jun 1, 2022, 11:15 AM

5. BREAKING: Australians Planning World's Largest Salad

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Response to TeamProg (Original post)

Wed Jun 1, 2022, 11:43 AM

7. Better start running if that thing

starts saying, "Feed me, Seymour!"

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Response to TeamProg (Original post)

Wed Jun 1, 2022, 11:54 AM

8. And biologists find the world's largest sphincter

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Wed Jun 1, 2022, 12:28 PM

11. Wow, what a garden

That's fascinating. Thanks, for sharing the article. This planet has so many incredible creatures.

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Response to TeamProg (Original post)

Wed Jun 1, 2022, 02:10 PM

15. 4500 years!!!!

That's older than Strom Thurmond!

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Response to TeamProg (Original post)

Wed Jun 1, 2022, 03:09 PM

16. I think that beats the record for a single grove of connected aspen trees

At 80,000 years old, and 100+ acres.

Such an amazing world being squandered....

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Response to TeamProg (Original post)

Wed Jun 1, 2022, 03:16 PM

17. It is beautiful! I love purple and green combo as well.

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Response to mysteryowl (Reply #17)

Thu Jun 2, 2022, 12:17 PM

25. Yes

but why does it have purple flowers? Who is it trying to impress?

Can this plant live above the water line? Did they sample it? Is it under lock and chain to keep it from spreading? What was that area like 4,500 years ago? Is this the result of somebody tossing out their "dead" plant?

It IS beautiful.

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Wed Jun 1, 2022, 04:30 PM

18. I'm glad it's underwater

 

so I don't have to mow it.

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Response to TeamProg (Original post)

Wed Jun 1, 2022, 07:36 PM

21. 🤔 I think there's a whole "forest" of Quaking Aspen in CO that's a single plant.

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Wed Jun 1, 2022, 09:04 PM

23. Republicans will find a way to kill it.

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