World / China grow rice and vegetables in space

Zoom News : Aug 31, 2022, 10:58 PM
China, known worldwide for its unique experiments, has done a great job in space. The Chinese Academy of Science (CAS) has reported in its research that Chinese astronauts have grown rice and vegetables on the Tiangong space station. It has been told that it will take a few months for the full development of these crops. By the end of this year, the plants of these crops will be brought to the earth.

Sharing the information, the Chinese Academy of Science (CAS) said that on July 29 this year, the seeds of two types of plants, which include thal cress and rice, were grown as an experiment. These seeds were grown at the Temporary Space Station Tiangong.

unexpected growth in plants

According to the information, there has been tremendous success in the experiment in just one month. The long stemmed rice seeds have grown up to 30 cm long. Whereas the rice grains with short stems are up to 5 cm long. According to CAS, thal cress is a representative specimen of many green leafy vegetables such as rapeseed, cabbage and Brussels sprouts. There has also been a lot of growth in this.

CAS is used to understand how plants behave in space. Zheng Huiqiong, a researcher at the CAS Center for Excellence in Molecular Plant Sciences, told SCAP News that the two experiments will analyze the life cycle of each plant in space and explore how plants can use the microgravity environment to grow and increase production efficiency. to be done?

"Crops can only be grown in artificial environments that mimic Earth-like conditions," Zheng said, and "by comparing plant flowers, we can find crops more adapted to space and microgravity environments."

Plants will be brought to the earth by December

According to the CAS, a lot of growth has already taken place in these plants and some is left. Which is expected to be completed in a few months. After that they will be brought to earth. According to the report, the plants of these crops will be brought to the earth by December this year. China is considering growing these plants on its soil.