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  • Study brings scientists a step closer to successfully growing plants in space

    Public domain of plants growing in laboratory designed to be used in space.

    Research led by the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign uses polymer-based stretchable electrodes to remotely monitor plant growth, bringing scientists a step closer to growing plants in space to feed astronauts during long missions.

    Photo courtesy NASA Marshall Space Flight Center


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    The paper “Highly stretchable, robust and resilient wearable electronics for remote, autonomous plant growth monitoring” is available online. DOI:10.1016/j.device.2024.100322