Thursday, April 26, 2012
Tomatosphere (Part I)
The Tomatosphere Project is an opportunity for students across Canada and the U.S. to conduct a real scientific experiment sponsored by organizations such as the Canadian Space Agency, Agriculture Canada, and the University of Guelph. The objective is "to compare the germination rate of tomato seeds and the vigour of growth of tomato plants", and our results "will help Canadian scientists to understand some of the issues related to long-term space travel." How cool is that!
We signed up and received 2 packages of tomato seeds - Group S and Group T - with about 40 seeds in each. One is a control group with seeds that have been exposed to conditions in the Earth's environment only. The other is a non-control group with "primed" seeds - seeds that have been given a kick-start and are almost ready to germinate. It's a blind test so we don't know which one is which!