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Canadian nursery seedlings in orbit


April 15, 2010
By The Canadian Press

April 15, 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.




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April 15, 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.

(CKHJ)


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