Growing chickpea in microgravity conditions - or in space

For the recent several months, Haifa Group has been working on an exciting and fascinating project, which is named "Haifa in space". Haifa Group has been selected to run a synthetic biology trial to grow chickpea germ, a genuine super-food, aboard the International Space Station in microgravity conditions.

This ground-breaking trial will be carried out by the first Israeli tourist Astronaut, Eytan Stibbe, which is expected to begin in February 2022. The trail led by Aviv Labs & Moon2Mars Ventures while Haifa takes part in the planning of a miniature greenhouse and setting a nutrition protocol based on their knowledge and innovative plant nutrients.

"This experiment could teach us how to control the growth of plants in space and other planets and pave the way for future settlements on the Moon and Mars," said Dr. Yonatan Winetraub, experiment principal investigator.

"In a rapidly changing world, Haifa is moving forward to pioneer the future of plant nutrition solutions that suit new growth environments – on Earth, and now in Space. This mission manifests the pioneering spirit of mankind, and as always: Haifa plays an important role in its success. I want to thank everyone engaged in this trial and congratulate you all for this astonishing achievement," said Natan Feldman, VP Marketing, Business Development & Innovation at Haifa Group.

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