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Seeds can survive the travel through space and still grow


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Transporting seeds across space do not reduce viability and development of seedlings.

Based on a research that sent million rocket seeds to International Space Station.

Once the seeds came back to Earth six months later they were grown and monitored.

Needs to find methods for protecting seeds from potentially harmful factors in space.

Space radiation and mechanical vibration are such potential harmful factors.

Growing crops on long space missions could be achievable, if the seeds are sufficiently protected.

Research by Royal Holloway University of London published in the journal Life.

But it may reduce the "germination vigour" of the seeds a little bit

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Scientist at Department of Biological Sciences at Royal Holloway University of London


University based in London


Gardening charity in UK


British astronaut