First Optogenetics Capability Demonstrator at Space Environment using chickpeas for next generation life support systems
Space Hummus will make fundamental advancements in synthetic biology and optogenetics in support of space settlements by performing a chickpea growth experiment on the International Space Station.
Chickpeas are considered a superfood rich in nutrients and easy to grow, an ideal candidate for growing plants in space. Optogenetics is an advanced genetic tool that can control plant growth to maximize productivity, allowing efficient management of limited resources.
The experiment is led by scientists and engineers from Israel and Stanford University, Moon2Mars Ventures team, D-Mars and ulpana students from Yeruham Science Center.