Sea-grass Meadow, the world's largest living organism

Jay Kakade
Seagrass Meadow
Researchers have found Sea-grass Meadow, the world’s biggest living organism that grows about 180 kilo-metres. It was discovered in Australia, on western shark's bay.

Scientists reported in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B, They found a hybrid type of clone of Poseidon's Ribbon Weed. The weed contains 40 chromosomes rather than 20.

Researchers suspect that half of the chromosomes may be derived from ribbon weed and the other half from an unknown species. This combination may have provided an advantage for survival.

According to the scientists, the weed seems to be living from a very ancient time. Some reports say it may be 4500 years old.

The spread area is 1.5 times larger than the largest fungi or longest sea animal. The 4500 years may have given a long time for Poseidon's Ribbon Weed to grow so vast.

Though the ribbon weed has made its way to grow 180 kilometres, the colony seems to be in grave danger. The shark bay in Australia is a global warming prone area. It is making it harder for Poseidon's Ribbon Weeds to survive.

Due to Global Warming, the high rate of evaporation and even low rainfall is making water saltier. It seems the weeds are a little sensitive to surrounding conditions.

According to the author, the hybrid chromosomes are making it possible for weeds to adapt to survival. Study is going on, the more information will make us more clearer about the growth.


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