Can plants grow in space?
a great affiliation to gravity. It defines their growth and ways of survival. But can they survive without gravity? Researchers with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency will repeat their earlier Plant Gravity Sensing study at the International Space Station to understand how plants sense their growth direction without gravity. They are studying thale cress which is well understood by scientists. The study will help increase farm productivity. It may also help gain insight into growing plants in space and understand mechanisms of diseases affected by gravity, such as osteoporosis and muscle loss.
S. CORVAJA / EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY