Long-living lotus: germination and soil {gamma}-irradiation of centuries-old fruits, and cultivation, growth, and phenotypic abnormalities of offspring.

@article{ShenMiller2002LonglivingLG,
  title={Long-living lotus: germination and soil \{gamma\}-irradiation of centuries-old fruits, and cultivation, growth, and phenotypic abnormalities of offspring.},
  author={Jane Shen-Miller and J William Schopf and Garman Harbottle and Rui-Ji Cao and Shu Ouyang and Kun-Shu Zhou and John R. Southon and Guohai Liu},
  journal={American journal of botany},
  year={2002},
  volume={89 2},
  pages={236-47}
}
Sacred lotus (Nelumbo nucifera) has been cultivated as a crop in Asia for thousands of years. An ∼1300-yr-old lotus fruit, recovered from an originally cultivated but now dry lakebed in northeastern China, is the oldest germinated and directly (14)C-dated fruit known. In 1996, we traveled to the dry lake at Xipaozi Village, China, the source of the old viable fruits. We identified all of the landmarks recorded by botanist Ichiro Ohga some 80 yr ago when he first studied the deposit, but found… CONTINUE READING