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Preparing Plant Growth Media and Flasks

Author(s): Gregory L Vogt, EdD, Nancy P Moreno, PhD, Stefanie Countryman, MBA
Preparing Plant Growth Media and Flasks

Plants growing in vitro on an agar plate.
© Ralf Reski Laboratory\Anja Martin

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Both agar agar and clear gelatin make excellent growing media to study plant root growth, but proper steps must be taken when preparing and transfering the medium to experiment flasks. Seeds will use water locked within the gel to germinate. The media will provide at least five days of nutrients for root growth.

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This work was supported by National Space Biomedical Research Institute through NASA cooperative agreement NCC 9-58.


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