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EU-funded research project to be tested on International Space Station
International Space Station
03 December

International Space Station (ISS) astronauts will try to improve the process by which a 'clover like' naturally occurring bacteria fertilises plants on the basis of the new scientific knowledge generated by an EU-funded project: CELLS. The research is expected to lead to a reduction in the use of synthetic fertilizers. The space mission is planned for December 2013.

The project selected for this coming ISS mission, entitled ‘Symbiotic Nodulation in a Reduced Gravity Environment' (SyNRGE II), was led by Professor Gary Stutte, who has done extensive work on researching plants in space in the framework of CELLS. He is based at the Controlled Environment Laboratory for Life Science of the Limerick Institute, in Ireland.

His work was chosen by the Space Florida International Space Station (ISS) Research Competition, which was open to commercial and academic research programmes across the globe. The project was one of just eight finally selected to be tested by astronauts on the ISS over a five-week period next year.

Professor Gary Stutte
Professor Gary Stutte

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