The world’s biggest clone is a 77-square-mile ‘immortal’ meadow of seagrass

A section of one of the seagrass meadows that make up the world’s largest clone. Every blade belongs to the same plant. (Image credit: Rachel Austin, University of Western Australia)

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Scientists have found the world’s biggest clone in Australia: An enormous community of seagrass meadows that covers greater than 77 sq. miles (200 sq. kilometers). The community of meadows is really one single plant that has been regularly cloning itself for nearly 4,500 years. 

Researchers discovered the big clone whereas finding out the genetic variety of seagrasses in Shark Bay, a protected physique of shallow water in Western Australia. They discovered that the majority the area’s meadows of Poseidon’s ribbon weed (Posidonia australis) are genetically similar. Further evaluation revealed that in contrast to the opposite seagrasses within the space, which reproduce sexually, P. australis is really cloning itself by way of an underground community of branching roots.


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