In <1993Nov3.140700.1 at cc.uvcc.edu> harrisji at cc.uvcc.edu writes:
> Anyone have any information on the Beal seed longevity experiment?
> Beal buried twenty jars of seeds on the campus of Michigan State
> University in 1879 to be unearthed at five year intervals over the
> next 100 years to see how long the seeds would remain viable. In
> 1920 the interval was extended to every ten years.
>> In 1980 I saw an article in Newsweek or Time on the experiment. A
> few of the seeds planted that year had germinated after 101 years
> in the ground.
>> I didn't see any notice of the results of the 1990 planting. Does
> anyone know what grew?
>> Perhaps someone at Michigan State is up on this? I'd appreciate
> any information, especially a literature citation.
The latest literature I know about is a paper by Kivilaan, A. &
Bandurski, R. S., in Am. J. Bot. (1981) 60:140-145, with the tile:
The one hundred year period for Dr. W. J. Beal's seed viability
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