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A Look at Front Range Biosciences’ Space Mission to Study the Effects of Zero Gravity on Hemp Plants

June 8, 2020

In a recent article by Hemp Grower, they discuss the preliminary results of Front Range Biosciences' collaborative mission with SpaceCells USA Inc. and BioServe Space Technologies at the University of Colorado Boulder, to transport plant cultures to space. Read an excerpt from the interview with FRB's CEO and Co-Founder, Dr. Jonathan Vaught to learn more:

"'This was really the first experiment on coffee and hemp plant cells like this, so it's definitely what I would consider an early-stage research project, meaning we're not sure what we're going to see,' Dr. Vaught tells Cannabis Business Times and Hemp Grower. 'We're trying to cast the net wide and see what happens to the underlying biology of these plants in this format, when they go into zero gravity and the space environment, in low orbit, where the Space Station sits.'

"'What we're hoping is that it will give us a better understanding about how some of these genes turn on and off, which genes turn on and off, and how we might be able to use those in terms of breeding targets for our program,' Dr. Vaught says. 'We're hoping that it will inform some of the targets around things like drought tolerance … or nutrient deficiencies by understanding how the plant responded in this high-stress environment. … We can look for advantageous traits in plant varieties, which is part of our breeding program.'"

Read the full article here.

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