Back from the grave

Gardening Australia - - GARDEN NEWS -

Plants dis­cov­ered in England’s ‘ghost ponds’ are be­ing revived af­ter lurk­ing be­neath the ground for up to 150 years. New Sci­en­tist re­ports th­ese wet­lands were filled in with up­rooted hedgerow plants and soil to make way for agri­cul­tural land ex­pan­sion. Univer­sity Col­lege of Lon­don sci­en­tists be­lieve the seeds sur­vived be­cause the ponds were filled in while wet. So far, eight aquatic plant species have been res­ur­rected from three ghost ponds, and it is es­ti­mated there are 600,000 ghost ponds across England. Sci­en­tists are ex­cited about res­ur­rect­ing rare and ex­tinct plant and an­i­mal species. Ponds are over­looked com­pared with rivers and lakes, but they punch above their weight for the num­ber of species they con­tain.

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