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Interactions of light and gravity on growth, orientation, and lignin biosynthesis in mung beansMung beans (Vigna radiata L.) seedlings grown on the third Space Transport Mission (STS-3) showed marked orientation problems (some of the stems elongated horizontally and many of the roots were growing upward) and had a lower lignin content than the ground based controls. This research was initiated to determine if the atypical growth characteristics of mung beans grown in microgravity could be simulated using horizontal clinostats. Most of the effort focused on the design, construction and testing of the clinostats. In order to closely approximate the growth conditions of the plants grown in the plant growth unit on STS-3, cylindrical lexan minichambers were constructed. Results showed that plants grown using these clinostats in the horizontal position exhibit similar growth characteristics to the plants grown on STS-3 (disorientation of both stems and roots), while the vertical stationary and vertical rotating controls exhibit normal growth.
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Document Type
Conference Paper
Jahns, G. C.
(Houston Univ. TX, United States)
Date Acquired
August 12, 2013
Publication Date
February 1, 1984
Publication Information
Publication: NASA. Washington NASA Space Biol. Program
Subject Category
Life Sciences (General)
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Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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