Space Seeds for Asian Future 2013 (SSAF2013) - 05.13.15

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Students in Asia compare plant growth in space and those on the ground to learn the importance of space biology research. This is a simple plant culture experiment for education, training and basic science. Azuki seeds will be packed and launched. Seeds will be watered and incubated under dark condition with light-shield bag in the JEM. Seedlings are monitored their germination, growing direction with JEM internal camera. High quality image will be down linked and to be distributed to the participating Asian countries.
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The following content was provided by Muneo Takaoki, Nobuyoshi Fujimoto, Kazuhiro Miyazaki, Shigeki Kamigaichi, Sachiko Yano, and is maintained in a database by the ISS Program Science Office.
Information provided courtesy of the Japan Aerospace and Exploration Agency (JAXA).
Experiment Details

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Principal Investigator(s)
Muneo Takaoki, Space Environment Utilization Center, Ibaraki 305-8505, Japan
Nobuyoshi Fujimoto, Space Environment Utilization Center, Ibaraki 305-8505, Japan
Kazuhiro Miyazaki, Space Environment Utilization Center, Ibaraki, Japan
Shigeki Kamigaichi, Space Environment Utilization Center, Ibaraki 305-8505, Japan
Sachiko Yano, JAXA Space Environment Utilization Center, Ibaraki 305-8505, Japan

Co-Investigator(s)/Collaborator(s)
Mohd Helmy Hashim, Putrajaya, Malaysia
Mohd Fairos Assilam, Putrajaya, Malaysia
Mohammed Selamat bin Madom, Malaysian Agriculture Research and Development Institute, Selangor, Malaysia
Sawat Tantiphanwadi, National Science and Technology Development Agency, Pathumthani 12120, Thailand
Namchai Chewawiwat, National Science and Technology Development Agency, Pathumthani 12120, Thailand
Kirana Thewa-Aksor, National Science and Technology Development Agency, Pathumthani 12120, Thailand
Doan Minh Chung, Space Technology Institute, Hanoi, Vietnam
Nguyen Vu Giang, Space Technology Institute, Hanoi, Vietnam
Naomi Mathers, Australian National University, Mt Stromlo, Australia
Thomas Djamaluddin, National Institute of Aeronautics and Space, Bandung 40173, Indonesia
Clara Yatini, National Institute of Aeronautics and Space, Bandung 40173, Indonesia
Fenny M. Dwivany, School of Life Science and Technology, Bandung 40132, Indonesia
Riskita Eshanti, School of Life Science and Technology, Bandung 40132, Indonesia

Developer(s)
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), Tsukuba, Japan

Sponsoring Space Agency
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)

Sponsoring Organization
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Research Benefits
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ISS Expedition Duration
March 2013 - September 2013

Expeditions Assigned
35/36

Previous ISS Missions
Space Seed for Asian future(Increment (Increment 25-26)

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Experiment Description

Research Overview

  • It is a pressing need to demonstrate that the ISS is valuable not only for its partners but for all nations in the world, utilizing plain and simple examples.
  • People in Asia-Pacific region will learn the value and merit of space biology research though their familiar plant materials.
  • The purpose of this program is to help Asian nations to build up their overall capacity for space utilization activities, including scientific research planning, mission integration and outreach programs as well as education. High quality video/still image will be taken at critical stages of the plant growth. The images will be distributed participating Asian space agencies, where scientists engineers and students will be able to observe their growth in orbit and compare with those of ground control plants.

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Applications

Space Applications

  • The results greatly help deepening our understanding to cellular mechanosensing process.
  • The biological sensing of mechanical signals, including gravity, is one of the key functions for life. The information about cellular mechanical sensors is essential for many fields of biomedical applications including tissue and organ regeneration technology.

Earth Applications

  • Showing the invaluable merit of the ISS to people in Asia-Pacific region to obtain their material and moral supports.
  • Greatest educational benefit.
  • Sponsoring space agencies in Asia-Pacific region will build their capability to coordinate space experiments and will become new users of space utilizations.

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Operations

Operational Requirements
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Operational Protocols
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Results/More Information

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Results Publications

    Soga K, Kurita A, Yano S, Ichikawa T, Kamada M, Takaoki M.  Growth and Morphogenesis of Azuki Bean Seedlings in Space during SSAF2013 Program. Biological Sciences in Space. 2014; 28: 6-11. DOI: 10.2187/bss.28.6.

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Ground Based Results Publications

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ISS Patents

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