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Soybean Seeds In Space

posted on May 31, 2002

Seeds in space.

Soybean seeds will soon be delivered to the International Space Station, by the space shuttle Endeavor, for an experiment to study the effect of zero-gravity on the growth and development of 12 seeds.

Scientists will monitor the plants from seed to harvest to see if soybeans grown in space have improved oil, protein or carbohydrates. If so, it is hoped the space-harvested seeds can be returned to earth to eventually improve soybean efficiency and profitability to farmers.

In 1984, corn seeds were studied in space … but were never planted on terra firma.


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