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Science bears out theory on moon cycle, plant growth link

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At a research lab I recently visited, heads of lettuce were flourishing in a culture chamber.

A record of the exact times the lights were turned on and off was posted on the door.

At Toyota Boshoku Corp.’s lab in Kariya, Aichi Prefecture, an experiment is under way to grow vegetables according to the rhythm of the rise and fall of the tide.

Yuko Yamamoto, 38, and fellow researchers posited the theory that vegetables grow faster if exposed to light according to the moon’s phases, rather than to the solar rhythm.

The team has been growing turnips, “nazuna” (shepherd’s........

© The Asahi Shimbun