Canadian nursery seedlings in orbit

April 16, 2010
Written by The Canadian Press
April 16, 2010, Fredericton – A few small bits of New Brunswick are floating in space, having been carried to the International Space Station by the shuttle Discovery last week.

Forestry giant J.D. Irving supplied some white spruce seedlings from its Sussex, N.B., tree nursery for experimentation. They were planted in a root tray and put in an incubator, where they will grow for 30 days. Plants will also be grown at the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida for comparison.

Scientists will study the effect of gravity on gene expression, tissue composition, organization, plant growth and wood formation on the trees.

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