Research: Co-Optimization of Duckweed Biomass, Nutritional Quality & Input-Use Efficiency
Institution: University of Colorado, Boulder, Boulder, Co.
Start date: Jan. 1, 2019
End date: Dec. 31, 2020
Grant Mechanism: Single PI grant
Study type: Ground study
NASA Risk Addressed: Food
Problem Addressed: On a mission to explore deep space, food will have to be stored for long periods, affecting texture and appearance as well as potentially decreasing nutrient content. The capability to produce fresh food to supplement stored food items would provide welcome texture, aroma, flavor, variety, and nutrients.
Major Aim of Project: This project evaluates small floating duckweeds as a multipurpose edible plant for spaceflight applications.