By Biosan | 22 November 2021
Amazing! These mushrooms were taken into space by the Chinese Shenzhou spacecraft
At 9:22 p.m. on June 17, 2021, Shenzhou 12, the manned spacecraft carrying China's space dream, flew into space and China's space station was officially unveiled to the world, thus, China's manned space program took another milestone step.
In December 2020, China's Yunnan Provincial Government and the China Aerospace Engineering Office signed the Strategic Cooperation Agreement on Jointly Promoting the Development of Space Biotechnology Industry to provide space piggyback services for Yunnan Province in accordance with the manned space engineering mission, actively promoting plantation innovation and advance the development of modern agriculture.
More than 260 strains from the Chinese Academy of Sciences were successfully selected as the featured species for spaceflight, including the new species of morel mushroom 'Kunzhi No. 1' and "Kunzhi No. 2", which passed the yield measurement and identification on March 6, 2021.
At 13:34 on September 17, 2021, morels and other mushrooms returned from space returned to earth with the three Chinese astronauts who had successfully completed their three-month space science research mission. On October 18, 2021, staff from the Chinese Academy of Sciences Kunming Institute of Botany picked up the strains space for further related scientific researches.
At present, the Kunming Institute of Housing, Chinese Academy of Sciences is conducting further scientific research on these mushrooms returned to Earth. The fungus strains such as rambutan are being carried in space as featured species. The mushroom strains that have undergone space fission in space will be used for breeding scientific research to promote the cultivation of excellent mushroom varieties with independent intellectual property rights in China.