Tucumn and Canada analyze growing quinoa seeds in space


Wednesday, August 28, 2019


The Miguel Lillo Foundation of Tucumn, together with the University of York in Canada, investigates the possibility of germination of the quinoa seed in space to use it as astronaut food and absorb a toxic gas that is generated within the spacecraft.

The director of the Foundation declared that "they already sent some seeds to York University, where they were subjected to conditions similar to those of space and find that variety of quinoa can be a candidate to be grown there," Juan Antonio Gonzlez explained to La Gaceta.

The agreement between the two bodies was facilitated by the Tucuman researcher Pamela Such, who works on a project of the University of York and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) of the United States, continued Gonzlez.

It was Such, who proposed to the Foundation "to use the equipment of the University of York that allows to simulate the conditions of the planet Mars and the asteroids to see how a species that interests us, the quinoa, reacts," added the specialist.

On the possibility of this seed germinating in adverse conditions to the earth, Gonzlez explained that during the studies in Canada, "the quinoa seeds were subjected to 200 degrees below zero and a very powerful vacuum, without atmosphere, and we saw that they germinate in those conditions. " "We are now analyzing how nutrients are mobilized within seeds, and how long germination lasts," he added.

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