Zaryadye Park visitors to master space age plant-growing methods

Zaryadye Park visitors to master space age plant-growing methods
People visiting the Environmental Education, Entertainment and Training Complex Zapovednoye Posolstvo (Secret Embassy) will be able to learn how to draw with glowing bacteria and also get to use space age plant-growing technologies.

People visiting Zaryadye Park will learn the secrets of bio-engineering, botanical, microbiology and also unconventional ways of growing plants. They will also get a chance to attend workshops there as well. All this is due to take place near the park this fall. The project includes growing plants in test tubes.

“Russia doesn’t have a similar center anywhere. Those interested will be able to get to know which sciences will be needed in the future. Also people will be able to find out why plants need genetic certificates. As well as this, visitors will be able to watch glowing bacteria filled with fluorescent proteins. This was pointed out by the Zaryadye Park press service.

One educational programme will focus on in-vitro technology, used to save endangered and rare plant species. At Zapovednoye Posolstvo things such as potatoes and kalanchoe plants will be started in test-tubes.

They will be grown using aeroponic technology. This is a very important part of many of the space projects as well as plant selection. For this purpose, roots, seeds or stems will be put in test-tubes filled with a nutrient solution. After around three to four months, anyone who has  been  involved in the laboratory experiments will even be able to take their test-tubes plants home with them.

The classrooms will have specialised laboratory apparatus. This will include systems for growing plants in artificial conditions, thermostats, microbiological incubators, centrifuges, and also systems for conducting genetic tests. At modern research centres and diagnostic laboratories similar equipment can also be found.

Those attending the medical and pharmaceutical classes at Zapovednoye Posolstvo will also get the opportunity to learn more about plants that act as biological reactors and biological factories which provide medication and nutritious biological additives.

Zapovednoye Posolstvo’s educational projects will involve school pupils and also university students. Tourists and city residents are expected too. Classes will run according to a daily plan. People will be able to buy single tickets or season tickets if they want to attend long-term projects.

There are plans to open Zaryadye Nature/Landscape Park in the run-up to Moscow’s 870th anniversary. Earlier, Chief Moscow Architect Sergei Kuznetsov, head of the park’s design team, said Zaryadye would feature various endemic Russian landscapes, including a forest, a steppe, flood-plains and last but not least an Arctic landscape. The park will link numerous local pedestrian zones and tourist routes. For example,  from Varvarka Streeet to Bolshoi Moskvoretsky Bridge then on towards Vorobyovy Gory. Entrance will be free, and the park will be open 24 hours a day.