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Bioregenerative Life Support Systems (BLSS)

Bioregenerative-Life-Support-Systems This resarch aims to to evaluate the possibility to cultivate plants in artificial bioregenerative systems in Space, to regenerate resources and produce food. Space-oriented experiments are carried out in closed growth chamber under controlled environment to evaluate the adaptation of soybean plants to soilless culture (hydroponics), and the plant response to changing cultural parameters, in order to identify the best cultivation protocol for BLSS. Treatments are evaluated in terms of agronomic and physiological traits, seed quality and technical parameters.

Activity start 2008
Publications - Paradiso R., Buonomo R., Dixon M.A., Barbieri G., De Pascale S., 2014. Soybean cultivation for Bioregenerative Life Support Systems (BLSSs): the effect of hydroponic system and nitrogen source. Advances in Space Research 53(3): 574-584 (Q3)
- Paradiso R., De Micco V., Buonomo R., Aronne G., Barbieri G., De Pascale S. 2013. Soilless cultivation of soybean for Bioregenerative Life Support Systems (BLSSs): a literature review and the experience of the MELiSSA Project - Food characterization Phase I. Plant Biology, 16: 69-78 (Q2)
- De Micco V., De Pascale S., Paradiso R., Aronne G., 2013. Microgravity effects on different stages of higher plant life cycle and completion of the seed-to-seed cycle. Plant Biology,  16: 31-38 (Q2)
- Palermo M., Paradiso R., De Pascale S., Fogliano V., 2012. Hydroponic cultivation improves the nutritional quality of soybean and its products. J. Agric. Food Chem., 60:250-255 (Q1)
- De Micco V., Buonomo R., Paradiso R., De Pascale S., Aronne G., 2012. Soybean cultivar selection for Bioregenerative Life Support Systems (BLSSs). Theoretical selection. Advances in Space Research 49: 1415-1421 (Q3)
- Paradiso R., Buonomo R., De Micco V., Aronne G., Palermo M., Barbieri G., De Pascale S., 2012. Soybean cultivar selection for Bioregenerative Life Support Systems (BLSSs). Hydroponic cultivation. Advances in Space Research, 50, pp. 1501-1511 (Q3)
- De Micco V., Aronne G., Colla G., Fortezza R., De Pascale S. 2009. Agro-biology for Bio-regenerative Life Support Systems in Long-Term Space Missions: general constraints and the Italian efforts. Journal of Plant Interactions 4(4): 241-252 (Q3)
Permanent staff Stefania De Pascale (PO, AGR/04), Giancarlo Barbieri (PO, AGR04), Roberta Paradiso (Ric, AGR/04), Youssef Rouphael (RTD, AGR/04)
Temporary or external staff Maria Giordano (Assegnista di Ricerca, UNINA)
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Projects - 2012 - European Space Agency (ESA) program Micro-Ecological Life Support System Alternative - MELiSSA - Food Characterization Phase 2 - Cultivar Selection. Partecipante; Responsabile scientifico: prof. S. De Pascale. Euro 150.000; Durata 20 mesi
- 2008 - European Space Agency (ESA) program Micro-Ecological Life Support System Alternative - MELiSSA - Food Characterization Phase 1. Partecipante; Responsabile scientifico: prof. S. De Pascale. Euro 96.000; Durata 18 mesi
- 2007 - Controllo Ambientale Biorigenerativo (CAB): Feasibility Study, October. Thales Alenia Space Italia Project coordination. University of Naples Federico II. Coordinatore. Responsabile scientifico: G. Barbieri.
- 2000/2001 - Agenzia Spaziale Italiana (ASI). Morphological and Physiological response of seedlings to a low-gravity environment. Coordinatore. Responsabile scientifico: prof. G. Barbieri.
- 1999/2000-2002/03 - Agenzia Spaziale Italiana (ASI). Space GreenHouse (SGH). Coordinatore. Responsabile scientifico: prof. G. Barbieri.
- 1997/1999 - Agenzia Spaziale Italiana (ASI). Morphological and Physiological response of plant roots to a low-gravity environment. Coordinatore. Responsabile scientifico: prof. G. Barbieri.
- 1997/1998 - Agenzia Spaziale Italiana (ASI). Study for a Bio-rigenerative Life Support System. Coordinatore. Responsabile scientifico: prof. G. Barbieri. 
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