Tiny Fern is the “most economically important” fern on Earth

by Sarah Sloat, Inverse

Much like Frodo in The Lord of the Rings, the fern Azolla filiculoides proves that the small can certainly pack a punch. This minuscule water fern, which has leaves the size of a single gnat, is the focus of a new study published in Nature Plants. Scientists say the bright green plant is complete with unique capabilities — and has the potential to help us mitigate the effects of climate change.

In the study released last week, an international team of scientists announced they successfully sequenced the A. filiculoids genome as well as the genome of another floating fern known as Salvina cucullata. Co-author and University of California Berkeley integrative biology professor Carl Rothfels, Ph.D. tells Inversethat having these genomes brings scientists one step closer to “understanding some of the crazy biology of these particular species.”

read more: https://www.inverse.com/article/47027-azolla-small-fern-big-impact-climate-change

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