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Chinese scientists succeed in growing “space mango”

May 09, 2017, 8:03 AM EDT
(Source: purplevintagespaceprincess/flickr)
(Source: purplevintagespaceprincess/flickr)

In a development that could someday yield a high-quality, insect-resistant strain of mangoes, a team of Chinese scientists has successfully grown “space mangoes” from embryonic cells that were brought back by manned spacecraft Shenzhou XI last November as part of an environmental mutation experiment.

The development could prove a breakthrough for the scientists, who have been toiling hard to cultivate plants that can grow in outer space, writes Next Shark.

China, which initiated its space breeding programs in 1987, has already developed superior strains of wheat, rice and alfalfa by cultivating them aboard satellites, notes Sputnik News.

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