New plant discovered in Iceland, named goose fodder

A new plant was discovered in West Iceland recently. It has been given the name Gæsamatur, goose fodder, arabidopsis thaliana in Latin.

The plant was discovered in May 2015, growing in the warm soil in a geothermal area by Deildartunguhver hot spring, according to science magazine Icelandic Agricultural Science. The article in IAS is written by Terezie Mandáková, Hjörtur Þorbjörnsson, Rahul Pisupati, Ilka Reichardt, Martin A. Lysak and Kesara Anamthawat-Jónsson.

The plant is of a species not uncommon in other parts of the world, though not the same, as it states in the article.

“We conclude that although the Icelandic accession appears to be more genetically related to populations from Scandinavia than to other European accessions, it did not originate from any of the populations represented in the global collection of the 1001 Genomes accessions of A. thaliana.”

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