Skip to comments.Softer Side of Space Science: Cotton Experiments Will Head to Orbit
Posted on 04/28/2018 2:44:17 PM PDT by BenLurkin
One of the concepts, helmed by Upstream, a California-based public benefit corporation, will employ a customizable and scalable "machine learning platform" to monitor and analyze ISS remote sensory imagery relating to cotton agriculture in real time. Doing so will allow the firm to expand the capabilities of its "Best Management Practice Assessment and Real-Time Monitoring" platform, which Upstream said will help reduce the water footprint of Target's manufacturing supply chain.
Another project, led by Christopher Saski, director of the Genomics and Computational Biology Laboratory at Clemson University in South Carolina, seeks to use genetic sequencing to examine the gene expression and other features of three different cotton cultivars grown in the absence of gravity. Gaining new insight into plant growth and regeneration could help us grow cotton that requires fewer resources, Saski said.
Roots play a leading role in University of WisconsinMadison botany professor Simon Gilroy's concept, which will study how the AVP1 gene, which researchers think leads to a larger root system, allows cotton plants to yield more fiber in the face of high salt levels and drought. Since root formation is typically a response to gravity, the ISS National Lab will provide a "unique opportunity" to suss out not only the factors that promote root development but also the influence of root architecture on cotton's resilience, adaptability and ability to capture heat-trapping carbon emissions that are contributing to global warming, , according to the statement.
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Just don’t say “pickin’”
History sure repeats itself.
I guess astronauts don’t want to wear aluminum clothes after all.
“Float down, spin around, pick Spock some cotton”
“capture heat-trapping carbon emissions”
Is there a SINGLE science experiment left that doesn’t somehow involve this issue? I’d bet that just throwing that phrase into any research proposal ups your chances of winning by 50% and let’s you grab $2 million more for your grad students. It’s the magical elixir of “research” these days.
I’m very surprised UW Madison even LETS this guy study cotton - they are the most disgustingly Politically Correct University this side of Berzerkley!
>>Id bet that just throwing that phrase into any research proposal ups your chances of winning by 50%
I don’t think so. I think that throwing that phrase in raises your chances above zero.
So “Cotton Comes to Cosmos” instead of “Cotton Comes to Harlem”! That could be an interesting movie!
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