The study was published on Thursday in the journal Communications Biology. Different types of plants, including food crops, were brought on the space shuttle. The plant samples have also been used to prove that lunar samples were not harmful to life on Earth.
Study coauthor Anna-Lisa Paul, research professor of horticultural sciences at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, "Plants helped establish that the soil samples brought back from the moon did not harbor pathogens or other unknown components that would harm terrestrial life, but those plants were only dusted with the lunar regolith and were never actually grown in it." (UNI)