Examining Dehydration and Hypoxic Stress in Wheat Plants Using a Porous Tube Plant Nutrient Delivery System Developed for Microgravity 2005-01-2948
The Porous Tube Plant Nutrient Delivery System (PTPNDS) was designed for NASA to grow plants in microgravity of space. The system utilizes a controlled fluid loop to supply nutrients and water to plant roots growing on a ceramic surface moistened by capillary action. Utilizing remote sensing systems, spectral analyses procedures, gas-exchange, and fluorescence measurements, we examined differences in plant water status for wheat plants (Triticum aestivum, cv. Perigee). These plants were grown in a modified growth chamber during the summers of 2003 and 2004. Some differences in plant performance were detectable in the gas-exchange and fluorescence measurements. For instance, in both years the plants grown with the most available water had the lowest rates of photosynthesis and exhibited higher proportions of non-photochemical quenching, particularly under low light levels. In addition, small differences in mean leaf water content between treatments were detected using spectral reflectance analyses.
Citation: Dreschel, T., Hall, C., Foster, T., Salganic, M. et al., "Examining Dehydration and Hypoxic Stress in Wheat Plants Using a Porous Tube Plant Nutrient Delivery System Developed for Microgravity," SAE Technical Paper 2005-01-2948, 2005, https://doi.org/10.4271/2005-01-2948. Download Citation
T. W. Dreschel, C. R. Hall, T. E. Foster, M. Salganic, L. Warren, M. Corbett
Dynamac Corporation, Kennedy Space Center, Spaceflight and Life Sciences Training Program, Kennedy Space Center
International Conference On Environmental Systems