Nematodes in Space: The Final Frontier (Potato Grower)

Nematodes in Space: The Final Frontier

There is no shortage of challenges when it comes to space travel and colonization–having enough oxygen, food, and water for long flights, to name a few. Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists and their colleagues recently focused their attention on another: stowaways.

Researchers at ARS’s Southeastern Fruit and Tree Nut Research Station in Byron, Georgia, teamed with UF Innovate | Accelerate alumni Pheronym, Inc., a company that specializes in eco-friendly pest control, to send beneficial nematodes, known as entomopathogenic nematodes, to the International Space Station (ISS) to study their ability to function under microgravity conditions.

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