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The key to deep space exploration

Space farming is difficult – plants don’t grow well in zero gravity and harsh radiation damages seeds – but if researchers can get it right, it could provide food, clean water, and oxygen for manned missions far from earth.

The TIME SCALE project conducts research on sensors and imaging techniques to monitor nutrient levels and record plant health metrics. "We have to tailor our analytical method so that it can detect the target components from the earliest stage of plant development," says Joeri Vercammen of InterScience.

Read the article on the web-pages of Horizon Magazine, the EU Research & Innovation Magazine.

August 10, 2015. Photo: ESA.