CRISPR Seed Resurrection is a new project that will use Crispr techniques to encode and change plants and their resultant seeds to be more immune to higher rates of C02 in the atmosphere and to extend their ability to remain viable as seeds longer.
The seeds will be placed in metal seed pods specially designed to open at intervals of 1,000, 2,000, 3,000, and 10,000 years. Metals that will degrade will be used to allow the pods to dissolve once they are exposed to the atmosphere as global warming continues and melts the snows.
As pollen and seeds are reproductive adaptations, they did not appear in plants until millions of years after seedless plants had already begun to live on land. These new seeds will be techno-augmented to be able to sprout in the distant future, genetically modified with CRISPR Cas 9 to allow them to survive in a future where global warming has harmed plants not able to adapt quickly enough.
While now most plant species reproduce with seeds, many species of seedless plants have become extinct, although seeds can also resurrect plants long thought to be extinct. The durability of seed is known to depend critically on how it is stored, and if you keep it in cold, dry conditions, it can be kept alive for longer.
In 2006 a story from Israel had scientists grow a date palm from a 2,000-year-old seed, found during an archeological excavation on Mount Masada. The date palm seed was verified by radiocarbon dating. In 2012 in a study published in the Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences, Russian Scientists have regenerated fertile plants of Silene stenophylla from fruit tissue of a Late Pleistocene age plant, using in vitro tissue culture and clonal micropropagation techniques. Commonly called narrow-leafed campion, S. stenophylla is an extinct species of flowering plant in the family Caryophyllaceae.
The scientists discovered prehistoric storage chambers of a squirrel species in 2007 at depths of 20–40 m below the present-day surface, in permanently frozen loess-ice deposits on the right bank of lower Kolyma River in northeastern Siberia.
My project will fly these metal seed pods in planes to a height, that will allow them to fall to the ground and melt into the ice and permafrost. As they fall heat generated during their fall with the fins will enable them to melt into the snow and glaciers.
As the snow and glaciers melt, the metal will degrade and enable pods with Crispr Cas 9 seeds and pollen within to propagate new plants and start to repair the atmosphere with fresh oxygen being produced.
I am looking at many kinds of plants and at the moment focused on Arabidopsis given we have a large Arabidopsis seed bank at the Ohio State University.
Created by Ken Rinaldo; Concept, 3D modeling, and direction
Danner Seyfer Sprague; 3D modeling
TradeMark Gunderson; rapid prototyping and construction