Recently, two BIOTEC research projects have been selected to join the National Space Exploration (NSE), a collaborative program between the Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (GISTDA) and National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA), aiming to support the scientific experiments to be performed under a microgravity environment in the space.
Dr. Suriyan Cha-um, BIOTEC senior researcher of Plant Physiology and Biochemistry Laboratory, proposes the plant biological experiment on micro-tuberization in tuber crops under a microgravity environment. Potato and cassava will be selected as the candidate plant models for investigation. The basic knowledge acquired from the experiments will be crucial in designing a cultivation system for tuber crops for producing a carbohydrate source for astronauts and researchers in the International Space Station (ISS).
Posted on 16 October 2017