The Vacuum-Operated Nutrient Delivery System: hydroponics for microgravity.

Academic Article


  • A nutrient delivery system that may have applicability for growing plants in microgravity is described. The Vacuum-Operated Nutrient Delivery System (VONDS) draws nutrient solution across roots that are under a partial vacuum at approximately 91 kPa. Bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L. cv. Blue Lake 274) plants grown on the VONDS had consistently greater leaf area and higher root, stem, leaf, and pod dry weights than plants grown under nonvacuum control conditions. This study demonstrates the potential applicability of the VONDS for growing plants in microgravity for space biology experimentation and/or crop production.
  • Published In

  • Hortscience  Journal
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    Author List

  • Brown CS; Cox WM; Dreschel TW; Chetirkin PV
  • Start Page

  • 1183
  • End Page

  • 1185
  • Volume

  • 27
  • Issue

  • 11