Status Report

Space Exploration Plant and Microbiome Learning Sessions start this week

By SpaceRef Editor
September 28, 2020
Filed under , , ,

Biological and Physical Sciences is offering a series of one hour virtual learning sessions to promote understanding between plant scientist, microbiome scientist, hardware designers, space vehicle/ platform designers, and experts on the space environment from LEO, Lunar transit, Lunar orbit, and the Lunar surface.  These sessions are intended to form a community where engineers understand the biological constraints, and scientists understand the engineering and vehicle constraints. Ultimately NASA would like to draw on this community to envision what, how, where, and when science can be achieved over the next decade.  You are invited to join these one hour learning sessions.

In November, after these initial learning sessions, we will be conducting a virtual Workshop to further help develop ideas. NASA is helping the community prepare its input for the next decadal survey that will outline space science goals for plant and plant-microbiomes that will be focusing on multifunctional, transformational research.

We recommend that you attend the sessions that are outside of your core area to gain a broader understanding of the challenges of growing crops in new environments.






Plant Physiology in Space and Crop Production

Oct 1st, Noon to 1:00 PM

Ray Wheeler (NASA)

Gioia Massa (NASA)


Overview of Current Hardware Capabilities Relevant to Near-Term Plant and Plant-Microbiome Studies in Space

Oct 8th, Noon to 1:00 PM

Howard Levine (NASA)

Jeffrey T. Richards (LASSO)



The Plant Microbiome

Oct 15th, Noon to 1:00 PM

Ani Dixit (Amentum/LASSO)

Christina Khodadad (Amentum/LASSO)


Biotechnology tools for Earth and Space Science

Oct 22nd, Noon to 1:00 PM

Anna-Lisa Paul (UFL)


Space Platforms and the Space Environment

Oct 29th, Noon to 1:00 PM

Deborah Wells (Amentum/LASSO)


To Register for the classes, please email Andrew Koehnemann ( and provide the following information and a link will be sent to you for the sessions.


Email Address:

Sessions you wish to attend 1, 2, 3, 4, and/or 5:


Thank you for your interest in helping to guide and shape NASA’s goals.


Charles D. Quincy PE                                   Bruce M Link, PhD, PMP

Research Advisor                                           Southeastern Universities Research Association

Utilization & Life Sciences Office UB-I           LASSO Program Management Office

Kennedy Space Center                                   NASA, Kennedy Space Center

SpaceRef staff editor.