Plants in Outer Space

Tuesday, July 25, 2017
NIFA support for multistate research projects at land-grant universities brings together scientists and extension specialists to develop controlled environment technologies that allow food to grow in harsh climates – like space.

Researchers from 23 institutions are designing growth systems and hardware that hold up during space travel. They are recommending growth system settings that produce smaller plants that meet the strict size and weight limits on spaceflights. The new technology allowed the crew of the International Space Station to enjoy a meal featuring fresh lettuce.

Learn more about the development of controlled environment technologies at Multistate Research Impacts.

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Farm Bill Priority Areas: 
Plant health, production, and products
U.S. States and Territories: 
Indiana