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Review article - Peer-reviewed, 2022

Plants in Microgravity: Molecular and Technological Perspectives

Baba, Abu Imran; Mir, Mohd Yaqub; Riyazuddin, Riyazuddin; Cseplo, Agnes; Rigo, Gabor; Feher, Attila;


Plants are vital components of our ecosystem for a balanced life here on Earth, as a source of both food and oxygen for survival. Recent space exploration has extended the field of plant biology, allowing for future studies on life support farming on distant planets. This exploration will utilize life support technologies for long-term human space flights and settlements. Such longer space missions will depend on the supply of clean air, food, and proper waste management. The ubiquitous force of gravity is known to impact plant growth and development. Despite this, we still have limited knowledge about how plants can sense and adapt to microgravity in space. Thus, the ability of plants to survive in microgravity in space settings becomes an intriguing topic to be investigated in detail. The new knowledge could be applied to provide food for astronaut missions to space and could also teach us more about how plants can adapt to unique environments. Here, we briefly review and discuss the current knowledge about plant gravity-sensing mechanisms and the experimental possibilities to research microgravity-effects on plants either on the Earth or in orbit.


microgravity; Arabidopsis; amyloplast; auxin; gravity sensing; international space station

Published in

International Journal of Molecular Sciences

2022, volume: 23, number: 18, article number: 10548
Publisher: MDPI

Authors' information

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Forest Genetics and Plant Physiology
Mir, Mohd Yaqub
Semmelweis University
Riyazuddin, Riyazuddin
Szeged University
Riyazuddin, Riyazuddin
Hungarian Academy of Sciences
Cseplo, Agnes
Hungarian Biological Research Center
Rigo, Gabor
Hungarian Academy of Sciences
Feher, Attila
Szeged University
Feher, Attila
Hungarian Academy of Sciences

Sustainable Development Goals

SDG9 Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

UKÄ Subject classification

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Plant Biotechnology
Agricultural Science

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