Plants in Space!

Today, Robert Ferl gave a seminar on space biology at the Princeton Environmental Geology and Geochemistry Seminar and it was so cool that I wanted to post about it here!  Robert is an expert on how plants respond to changes in gravity and has led experiments to study how Arabidopsis responds to parabolic flight campaigns (aka a vomit comet) and life on the International Space Station.  Now, it is pretty clear that zero g is probably one of the coolest “field sites” you could work at but what really got me excited was the amount of knowledge we can gain from such a small plant and the sophisticated methods that were being used.

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