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Tuesday, September 12, 2006



China looking for high yield crops

Shijian-8
Shijian-8
Credit: china.org.cn
The Chinese, faced with increasing population and diminishing farm land, has launched its 23rd recoverable satelite, Shijian-8, containing seeds. The first seed specific satelite, it will expose 2000 seeds from 9 different families to cosmic radiation and microgravity. Previous experiments with wheat and rye have incresed yield after being exposed to space. The reason for this result was not given. Besides enabling the Chinese feed themselves without having to depend on other nations, their results could show which plants might grow well en-route to Mars.

(More info: DNA India)


- posted by Jim @ 8:18 EST