Researchers Revive a Plant Frozen in Time

12:08 minutes

It sounds like something from the movies–scientists uncover a sample of plant material frozen inside a glacier for hundreds of years, bring it back to the lab, and watch as it comes back to life. Biologist Catherine LaFarge describes the work, and what it means for plant scientists.

Segment Guests

Catherine La Farge

Catherine La Farge is director and curator of Cryptogamic Herbarium at the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Meet the Producer

About Charles Bergquist

As Science Friday’s director, Charles Bergquist channels the chaos of a live production studio into something sounding like a radio program. Favorite topics include planetary sciences, chemistry, materials, and shiny things with blinking lights.