LUNCHBOX Talk: Arabidopsis Rocket Science: How We Grew Plants on the International Space Station
with Bratislav Stankovic, PhD, JD, MSc, Senior Advisor & Patent Professional USPTO
Date: Thursday, January 24, 2019
Time: 12:00 PM-1:00 PM
Fee: Free, preregistration required.
The assembly of the International Space Station (ISS) as a permanent experimental outpost provided the opportunity for quality plant research in space. Learn how researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison developed a plant growth facility capable of supporting long-term plant growth in microgravity, growing Arabidopsis thaliana (thale cress) from seed-to-seed on the ISS, the first full plant life cycle study on the station. Their experiments, controlled telemetrically from a ground control center, were a prelude to an era of long-term experiments with plants in orbit, where fundamental questions about plant growth in microgravity can be revisited and new questions can be asked.