Illuminating extinct plants generates new knowledge

Illuminating extinct plants generates new knowledge

Leaves on a Gingko tree growing on the inner yard of MAX IV Laboratory in Lund.


By using infrared micro-spectroscopy at beamline D7 situated at the MAX III storage ring (closed December 2015) scientists from Lund University, Vilnius University and the Swedish Museum of Natural History in Stockholm have been able to identify molecular signatures of fossil leaves. Through the research the scientists have been able to establish relationships between 200-million-year-old plants based on their chemical fingerprints.

Full article in Nature Ecology & Evolution DOI 10.1038/s41559-017-0224-5