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Time Capsules: Seeds sprout 120 years after going underground

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2:13pm, August 28, 2002

An experiment designed by a botany professor to last longer than his own life has demonstrated that seeds of two common flowers still sprout and blossom despite more than a century in a bottle.

This work ranks as the longest-running test of seed dormancy in soil, says the current generation of researchers, Frank Telewski and Jan Zeevaart of Michigan State University in East Lansing.

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