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Approaches to Assess the Suitability of Zooplankton for Bioregenerative Life Support Systems

Knie, Miriam and Wolfschoon Riberro, Bernard and Fischer, Jessica and Schmitz, Burkhard and Van Damme, Kay and Hemmersbach, Ruth and Häder, Donat-Peter and Laforsch, Christian (2018) Approaches to Assess the Suitability of Zooplankton for Bioregenerative Life Support Systems. In: Into Space. A Journey of How Humans Adapt and Live in Microgravity IntechOpen. pp. 171-207. doi: 10.5772/intechopen.70684. ISBN 978-1-78923-221-9, Print ISBN: 978-1-78923-220-2.

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Future manned space exploration will send humans farther away from Earth than ever before (e.g., to Mars), leading to extended mission durations and thus to a higher demand for essentials such as food, water and oxygen. As resupplying these items from Earth is nearly impossible, aquatic bioregenerative life support systems (BLSS) appear to be a promising solution. Due to its central role in aquatic ecosystems, zooplankton could act as a key player in aquatic BLSS, linking oxygen liberating, autotrophic producers and higher trophic levels. However, prior to the utilization of BLSS in space, organisms proposed to inhabit these systems have to be studied thoroughly to evaluate any space-borne adverse traits, which may impede a proper function of the system. To investigate the impact of microgravity (μg), in particular, several platforms are available, providing μg periods ranging from seconds (Bremen drop tower and parabolic flights), to minutes (sounding rockets), up to even days and months (space flights and the International Space Station (ISS)). Furthermore, ground-based facilities, such as clinostats, enable the of candidate organisms to variable periods of simulated / functional μg. In this book chapter, research on zooplankton utilizing these methods is summarized.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/120558/
Document Type:Book Section
Additional Information:Open access peer-reviewed Edited volume
Title:Approaches to Assess the Suitability of Zooplankton for Bioregenerative Life Support Systems
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Knie, MiriamUniversity of Bayreuth, Animal Ecology I, Bayreuth, GermanyUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Wolfschoon Riberro, BernardUniversity of Bayreuth, Animal Ecology I, Bayreuth, GermanyUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Fischer, JessicaAnimal Ecology I, University of Bayreuth, Bayreuth, GermanyUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Schmitz, BurkhardAirbus Defense and Space, Airbus DS GmbH, Bremen, GermanyUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Van Damme, KaySenckenberg Research Institute and Museum of Nature, Frankfurt am Main, GermanyUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Hemmersbach, Ruthgerman aerospace centre (dlr), institute of aerospace medicine, gravitational biology, cologne, germanyhttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-5308-6715UNSPECIFIED
Häder, Donat-PeterEmeritus from friedrich-alexander-universität erlangen, institut für biologiehttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-4295-5660UNSPECIFIED
Laforsch, ChristianUniversity of Bayreuth, Department of Animal Ecology I, GermanyUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date:30 May 2018
Journal or Publication Title:Into Space. A Journey of How Humans Adapt and Live in Microgravity
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Page Range:pp. 171-207
ISBN:978-1-78923-221-9, Print ISBN: 978-1-78923-220-2
Keywords:Bioregenerative Life Support Systems, Zooplankton, Microgravity, Drop tower, Parabolic flight, Sounding rocket, Clinostat, Space
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Research under Space Conditions
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R FR - Research under Space Conditions
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Vorhaben Biowissenschaftliche Exp.-vorbereitung (old), R - Vorhaben Biowissenschaftliche Nutzerunterstützung (old)
Location: Köln-Porz
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Aerospace Medicine > Gravitational Biology
Deposited By: Duwe, Helmut
Deposited On:03 Jul 2018 13:53
Last Modified:23 Feb 2019 00:22

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