The return capsule from Shijian 8 – the world’s first satellite designed for mutation breeding – will bring back the results of the experiment. Photo: Weibo

Countdown starts for China’s big mutant crop space mission in race for food security

  • Life forms will be sent up to induce variations not possible on Earth in a reusable satellite that will cut the huge cost of such operations
Topic |   China science

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The return capsule from Shijian 8 – the world’s first satellite designed for mutation breeding – will bring back the results of the experiment. Photo: Weibo
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Scientist Jan Lukacevic checks a plant inside of an aeroponic growing chamber system at the Prague University of Life Sciences in the Czech Republic on Wednesday. Photo: Reuters

Growing strawberries on Mars? These Czech scientists are working on it

  • ‘Marsonaut’ experiment is based on aeroponics – growing plants in the air, without soil, and limiting water use to a minimum
  • Team has succeeded in growing mustard plants, salad leaves, radishes and herbs like basil and mint under extreme conditions
Topic |   Space

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Scientist Jan Lukacevic checks a plant inside of an aeroponic growing chamber system at the Prague University of Life Sciences in the Czech Republic on Wednesday. Photo: Reuters
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