At the Indoor AgTech Innovation Summit in New York City tomorrow, International Space Station (ISS) U.S. National Laboratory Commercial Innovation Program Manager Dr. Miki Sode will give a talk on the value of studying plants in space.
By studying plants in space, scientists can examine fundamental plant development processes without the masking effects of gravity. Space-based plant biology research can provide valuable insights that translate directly to better understanding how plant processes work on the ground. Such information is useful in many Earth-based applications, such as developing plant varieties that grow well in harsh conditions, improving crop yield, expanding agricultural productivity, and increasing biofuel production.
Why Study Plants in Space?
What: Indoor AgTech Innovation Summit talk on the value of space-based plant biology research
Who: ISS National Lab Commercial Innovation Program Manager Dr. Miki Sode
When: Thursday, June 20 at 4 p.m. ET
Where: New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City
Yesterday, prior to the Indoor AgTech Innovation Summit, the ISS National Lab and the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research held a workshop focused on use of the space station to advance agricultural sciences research. The workshop provided an opportunity for the two organizations and their partners to discuss plant biology research capabilities on the ISS National Lab and how space-based research can benefit agriculture on Earth.
Learn more about how researchers are leveraging the ISS National Lab for valuable plant biology and agricultural research in the Upward feature article “Staying True to Your Roots: Plants on the ISS,” the ISS360 article “Going Off the Ground With Agriculture Research,” and in the related resources below.