“Earthy” Vegetables No Match for “Cosmic” Fruit
The Eighth China International Aviation & Aerospace Exhibition (Airshow China) opens 16 November in Zhuhai in southern China. It’ll present new products of the world and the Chinese aviation industry, as well as vegetables grown from seeds taken into space. One of the organisers of the exhibition, Li Meihua, said, “The seeds from which we grew these vegetables were in space, and we’re now able to prove that they’re not only bigger than usual, but also healthier and tastier than ordinary plants”. Chinese researchers were able to prove that the seeds taken into space yielded much larger and more nutritious fruit. Pumpkins, for example, weigh more than 60 kilos (132 pounds). Despite the impressive size of the plants, scientists say they’re no less useful than their “earthy” brethren are.
16 November 2010