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Effect of lunar materials on plant tissue culture.Lunar material collected during the Apollo 11, 12, 14, and 15 missions has been used to treat 12 species of higher plant tissue cultures. Biochemical and morphological studies have been conducted on several of these species. Tobacco tissue cultures treated with 0.22 g of lunar material exhibited increased greening more complex chloroplasts, less cytoplasmic vacuolation and greater vesiculation. Pine tissue cultures reacted to treatment by an increased deposition of tannin-like materials. The percentage of dry weight and soluble protein was increased in cultures treated with either lunar or terrestrial rock materials.
Document ID
19730041680
Document Type
Reprint (Version printed in journal)
Authors
Walkinshaw, C. H. (U.S. Department of Agriculture, Washington, D.C.; NASA, Manned Spacecraft Center Houston, Tex., United States)
Venketeswaran, S. (Houston, University Houston, Tex., United States)
Baur, P. S.
Croley, T. E.
Scholes, V. E. (North Texas State University Denton, Tex., United States)
Weete, J. D. (Lunar Science Institute Houston, Tex., United States)
Halliwell, R. S. (Texas A & M University College Station, Tex., United States)
Hall, R. H.
Date Acquired
August 7, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1973
Subject Category
BIOSCIENCES
Funding Number(s)
CONTRACT_GRANT: NSR-09-051-001
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
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