arabidopsis thaliana

Arabidopsis Thaliana (also known as Thale Cress) is a model organism for plant biology and genetics.  Arabidopsis was the first plant to ever have its genome fully sequenced and also has a short life cycle. Hence, it is in grown in space relatively often to gather important scientific data. Arabidopsis has been grown on the International Space Station.

Associated Literature:

Transcriptional and Metabolic Insights into the Differential Physiological Responses of Arabidopsis to Optimal and Supraoptimal Atmospheric CO2

Transgene Expression Patterns Indicate That Spaceflight Affects Stress Signal Perception and Transduction in Arabidopsis

stroll back to the garden

credit: NASA; Astronaut Jeffrey Williams working with arabidopsis