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BBC Science News has taken note of the interesting findings of the paper published by NIO's Scientists: Raghukumar, C.; Raghukumar, S.; Sheelu, G.; Gupta, S.M.; Nath, B.N.; Rao, B.R. Buried in time: culturable fungi in a deep-sea sediment core from the Chagos Trench, Indian Ocean. Deep Sea Research Part I: Oceanographic Research Papers, 51(11), 2004, 1759-1768. The news item titled
Ancient Fungus 'revived' in lab
notes the discovery of a growth of spore producing Fungus Aspergillus sydowii in the laboratory collected from a deep-sea sediment core suggesting its dormancy of 180,000 to 430,000 years. The specimen was collected in the core drilled from a depth of 5,904m in the Indian Ocean's Chagos Trench. The finding adds to growing evidence for the impressive survival capabilities of many microorganisms. Such occurrences can also act as a tool for studying the paleoclimatic conditions. The news further notes that this finding is in the background of a disputed claim in the year 2000, when US researchers found bacteria that had remained in suspended animation for 250 million years in salt crystals.
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