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posted on April 12, 2002

Wheeeaatt Innn Spaaaace!!!

Scientists at Utah State University have developed a variety of hard red spring wheat meant to be grown in space.

The Apogee variety is intended to thrive in artificial light and high levels of carbon dioxide. The wheat recently was cargo for the space shuttle "Atlantis" to take to the international space station.

Researchers say the idea behind growing wheat in space is self-sufficiency in crop production, which will be a key if humans colonize other planets.

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