"Plant Experiments on Russian Spacecraft" will be discussed today at 1:30 p.m. in the Eccles Conference Center Room 204 at Utah State University by Soviet scientists Galina Neichitailo and Alexander Mashinsky.

The Soviet scientists have designed and coordinated several plant experiments that have flown on Soviet spacecraft, including the space station Mir, said USU biology professor Frank Salisbury.Salisbury's research at USU also focuses on the problems of growing plants, particularly wheat, in space. He presented his research in April at a conference on the topic in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia.

"The Soviets are way ahead of us in this kind of experiment," Salisbury said. "They've been growing plants in space since they put hu-mans in space. They've worked on such things as orchids and onions and mouse-eared cress. We've done a handful of experiments, they've done dozens."

The Soviets will visit research facilities at USU and are discussing the possibility of collaborative experiments.