Prior to the establishment of the space habitats of the future, the life science program office of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is interested in the development of a ground-based manned demonstration of the closed ecological life support system (CELSS). Since CELSS concept centers around complete recycling of all available resources, a genetic plant design to render the total plant more useful is very important. Previous studies (Phillips , 1977; Phillips et al., 1978) conducted for NASA clearly indicate the usefulness of soybean-Plants in such a system.
Joshi, J. M. and Spence, Brenda L.
"Research notes: Soybean plant design for closed ecological life support
Soybean Genetics Newsletter: Vol. 6
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