Preparing Plant Growth Media and Flasks
Plants growing in vitro on an agar plate.
© Ralf Reski Laboratory\Anja Martin
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.
Developed and conducted in collaboration with BioServe Space Technologies of the University of Colorado, and the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
This work was supported by National Space Biomedical Research Institute through NASA cooperative agreement NCC 9-58.
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