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Monday, July 10, 2017

How plants react to life on the International Space Station

Gravity is a constant for all organisms on Earth. It acts on every aspect of our physiology, behavior and development—no matter what you are, you evolved in an environment where gravity roots us firmly to the ground.
But what happens if you’re removed from that familiar environment and placed into a situation outside your evolutionary experience? That’s exactly the question we ask every day of the plants we grow in our laboratory. They start out here in our earthbound lab, but they’re on their way to outer space. What could be a more novel environment for a plant than the zero-gravity conditions of spaceflight?

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