And When Does the Toasting Begin?
I can’t really explain what my alma mater is up to but I had to share the logo, and the acronym, for this botanical/space research coming out of UW! Not to mention that Prof. Gilroy looks like he came to Madison in the swinging 60’s and never left. Plants in space!!!
Thank you Sorry-Birds Ellen, fellow Wisconsite!
The Gilroy Lab experiment growing plants in microgravity is scheduled to fly via Space X’s Dragon/F9 to the International Space Station (ISS) in March 2013. A number of plant scientists interested in testing their hypotheses in microgravity submitted proposals to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in the spring of 2012, and in June 2012 we were fortunate to be selected for funding following review by a NASA grant panel.
It can be a challenge to design an ISS experiment with the highest chance of success, given the constraints of the container size to be flown and minimal level of astronaut involvement. This limited capacity necessitates careful planning to ensure the inclusion of proper controls and enough replicates for robust statistical analysis of results. Arabidopsis (thale cress, or mouse-ear cress) is the plant we will use for our experiment, due to its small size and our extensive knowledge of its physiology and genetics thanks to decades of Arabidopsis research by the plant biology community.