Taiwan to send seeds to outer space: NSPO

Taipei Times
Date: Aug 18, 2020
By: Su Meng-chuan and Dennis Xie / Staff reporter, with staff writer

Formosa lambsquarters bloom in Taitung County on May 25.
Photo: Chen Hsien-i, Taipei Times

Taiwan is to send plant seeds to outer space for the first time in October to observe how the space environment affects their genetic makeup, the National Space Organization (NSPO) said yesterday.

The Space Seeds for Asian Future program is being developed by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. Nine nations, including Taiwan, are participating in the program this year, with 16 kinds of seeds expected to be sent to the International Space Station (ISS), where they would stay for about four months, the NSPO said.

Participating nations have primarily chosen the seeds of endemic plants or plants with symbolic meaning, it said, adding that some are crop seeds.

The NSPO collaborated with National Chung Hsing University’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and the Taiwan Agricultural Research Institute, which is overseen by the Council of Agriculture, to choose which seeds to send, it said.    [FULL  STORY]

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