College of Letters & Science l Department of Botany
NASA has a long history of partnering with university plant researchers to understand how plants respond to growing in space. The talk will cover the kinds of plant research going on in space and some of the recent work from UW-Madison. We will cover what problems we still need to solve, whether plants need gravity to grow normally and how close we are to using plants in a bioregenerative life support system to provide food and replenish the air in long-term spaceflight.
Approximate length of talk: 20 to 45 minutes
- What are the challenges of growing plants in spaceflight and how can engineering of equipment and the plants themselves be used to solve these problems.
- Plants have remarkable senses. How do they monitor the world around them and how can they respond? We will explore these features of being a plant through time lapse imaging and following the remarkable reactions plants have to challenges such as being eaten or simply following the sunshine.