Alabama NewsCenter — Alabama State University gets NASA grant to grow plants in space

| October 20, 2021 @ 6:00 pm

By Kenneth Mullinax
Alabama State University

Alabama State University’s mustard greens are soon to be out of this world. For real.

Mustard greens are widely grown and consumed in the Deep South, but a grant from NASA will soon have ASU’s greens growing and being eaten beyond the bounds of Earth – specifically in the International Space Station – thanks to a grant received by an ASU microbiology professor.

The grant awarded to Komal Vig, Ph.D., is part of a $100,000 NASA grant titled “Improved Drought Tolerance of Mustard Greens with Atmospheric Pressure Plasma” that will allow her and ASU microbiology student-interns to prepare mustard greens in a university laboratory with a goal for them to be grown in the arid confines of the space station with little or no water.

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