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Scientists clone world’s oldest living plant

The world’s oldest living plant, a tree species known as King’s Lomatia, has been cloned in an effort to save it from a deadly fungus.

RTBG horticulturist botanist Natalie Tapson said that unlike many plants which reproduce from seed, King’s Lomatia is a sterile clone which reproduces new plants by suckering in the wild.

“Fossil leaves of the plant found in the south west were dated at 43,600 years old and given that the species is a clone, it is possibly the oldest living plant in the world,” Natalie said.

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