UF startup Pheronym, a bio-ag-tech pest control company, announced that its first-ever agricultural bio-control experiment featuring beneficial nematodes is on its way to the International Space Station (ISS) U.S. National Laboratory after a successful launch at the Kennedy Space Center. The nematodes were on a SpaceX Falcon9 rocket, launching the 21st Dragon spacecraft mission on its 19th commercial resupply delivery flight to the ISS. The science will focus on Pheronym’s breakthrough nematode bio-remediation technology and determine the impact that space travel has on the ability of beneficial nematodes to effectively manage pest control as well as other benefits for agriculture here on Earth.
“It’s a scientist’s dream come true,” said Dr. Fatma Kaplan, Project Director and CEO of Pheronym. “We thank the USDA, NASA and the ISS for the privilege and opportunity to move our science forward for the benefit of agriculture on our planet and beyond.”Learn more about Nematodes Successfully Launched Into Space for First-Ever Agricultural Bio-Control Experiment on ISS.
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