Space Experiment Milestone

Since beginning work on the NASA sponsored space flight experiment, Wyatt Lab researchers have plated more than 70,000 Arabidopsis seeds. Many of the seeds were hand-counted, and all of them have been used to refine the RNA and protein extraction protocols for seedlings germinated in microgravity environments.


Figure 1: Graduate researcher, Proma Basu, plates seeds in preparation for placement into a simulated BRIC environment. For the space-flown experiment, each plate contains 800 seeds.