Aquacells - Flagellates under long-term microgravity and potential usage for life support systems

Journal article


Publication Details

Author(s): Häder DP, Richter P, Strauch S, Schuster M
Journal: Microgravity Science and Technology
Publisher: Springer Verlag (Germany)
Publication year: 2006
Volume: 18
Journal issue: 3-4
Pages range: 210-214
ISSN: 0938-0108


Abstract


The motile behavior of the unicellular photosynthetic flagellate Euglena gracilis was studied during a two-week mission on the Russian satellite Foton M2. The precision of gravitactic orientation was high before launch and, as expected, the cells were unoriented during microgravity. While after previous short-term TEXUS flights the precision of orientation was as high as before launch, it took several hours for the organisms to regain their gravitaxis. Also the percentage of motile cells and the swimming velocity of the remaining motile cells were considerably lower than in the ground control. In preparatory experiments the flagellate Euglena was shown to produce considerable amounts of photosynthetically generated oxygen. In a coupling experiment in a prototype for a planned space mission on Foton M3, the photosynthetic producers were shown to supply sufficient amounts of oxygen to a fish compartment with 35 larval cichlids, Oreochromis mossambicus.



FAU Authors / FAU Editors

Häder, Donat-Peter Prof. Dr.
Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät
Richter, Peter Dr.
Lehrstuhl für Zellbiologie
Schuster, Martin
Lehrstuhl für Zellbiologie
Strauch, Sebastian Dr.
Lehrstuhl für Zellbiologie


How to cite

APA:
Häder, D.-P., Richter, P., Strauch, S., & Schuster, M. (2006). Aquacells - Flagellates under long-term microgravity and potential usage for life support systems. Microgravity Science and Technology, 18(3-4), 210-214. https://dx.doi.org/10.1007/BF02870411

MLA:
Häder, Donat-Peter, et al. "Aquacells - Flagellates under long-term microgravity and potential usage for life support systems." Microgravity Science and Technology 18.3-4 (2006): 210-214.

BibTeX: 

Last updated on 2018-06-08 at 13:23