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Old 10-15-2016, 04:42 PM   #1
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Default SEED VIABILITY EXPERIMENT // 137 YEARS

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4. DR. BEAL’S SEED VIABILITY EXPERIMENT // 137 YEARS

In 1879, William Beal of Michigan State University buried 20 bottles of seeds on campus. The purpose of this experiment was to see how long the seeds would remain viable buried underground. Originally, one bottle was dug up every five years, but that soon changed to once every 10 years, and is now once every 20 years. In the last recovery in 2000, 26 plants were germinated, meaning slightly more than half survived over 100 years in the ground. The next will be dug up in 2020, and (assuming no more extensions) the experiment will end in 2100.

Even if it is extended for a while, there will probably still be viable seeds. In 2008, scientists were able to successfully germinate a circa-2000 year old date palm seed, and four years later, Russian scientists were able grow a plant from a 32,000 year old seed that had been buried by an ancient squirrel.
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I spent years in the seed business. A rumor went around about 10 years ago that a famous "Mega-Farm" planted 5000 acres of a specific crop...... nothing sprouted! Not a damn thing! Talking about embarrassed! People get shot for less.

Seed needs to be properly cured to be viable. Additionally, the seed is often treated to promote germination/growth and reduce disease. A problem with stored grains and such is aflatoxin - bad stuff.
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