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MADISON - Scientists are attempting to grow cotton in space for the first time in an experiment which scientists hope could lead to the development of more robust varieties that require less water and pesticides.

Fashion company Target is funding the study which is being carried out to discover how the zero gravity environment impacts the plant’s growth and response to stress.

Botanist Simon Gilroy, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, sent both conventional and genetically modified (GM) cotton seeds on a SpaceX Dragon capsule to the International Space Station (ISS).

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