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The world's largest plant was discovered in Australia

The world’s largest plant was discovered in Australia


U.S.An achievement is a scientific discovery that can never be surpassed. As mentioned DefenderA team of researchers from the University of Western Australia has discovered the world’s largest plant in their country. This is b.Occitania Australia, A sea grass belonging to the Poseidon family that covers about 200 square kilometers or 20,000 football fields on the west coast of Australia.

About 4,500 years ago, a seed from two different types of seaweed, without human activity, ended up in a ripe area for a great deal of growth. Its results did not fail to amaze analysts.

“We were often asked how many kinds of plants grew there. […] This time, we used genetic tools to answer that question, ”says evolutionary biologist Elizabeth Sinclair. During the verdict, Jane Edgelo, a student who helped write the course, recalled, “The answer motivated us, there was only one.”

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An extraordinary genetic tradition

“200 square kilometers of sea grass appears to have evolved from a colonial seedling,” the researchers revealed. This is an Australian Poseidonia (Poseidonia australis), A species of sponge family that makes it an excellent habitat for dolphins, sea turtles, dukongs, crabs and fish.

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Poseidonia australis Characterized by a genetic inheritance consisting of two chromosomes. “Complete genetic replication by polyploidy occurs during the hybridization of diploid parent plants. The new plant contains 100% of each parent’s gene, instead of sharing the usual 50%, Elizabeth Sinclair underlines.

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Usually located in areas with extreme climates, water can vary greatly in temperature and polyploidy plants can continue to form if there is no barrier: “That is this vast ocean”, the researcher reiterated his incredible discovery.

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