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New bacterial strains found on International Space Station may help grow plants in space

Hyderabad, March 25

Discovery of novel bacterial strains aboard the Worldwide Area Station (ISS) suggests the potential for astronauts rising their very own greens whereas in area, says a brand new research by researchers  primarily based at College of Hyderabad (UoH) and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory(JPL), amongst different establishments.

The brand new bacterial strains found from completely different areas aboard the ISS flights could assist in creating the “gasoline” to assist crops face up to such traumatic conditions.

The findings of the research had been printed in a current challenge of the journal Frontiers in Microbiology The analysis groups had been led by Dr. Kasthuri Venkateswaran of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, C.C. Wang of WorldQuant Initiative for Quantitative Prediction, Professor Appa Rao Podile from the College of Hyderabad (UoH) with experience on plant progress selling micro organism and plant microbiome and Dr. Ramprasad, a CSIR-pool Scientist.

The bacterial strains belonging to the household Methylobacteriaceae had been remoted from completely different areas aboard the ISS throughout two consecutive flights. 

Whereas one pressure was recognized as Methylorubrum rhodesianum, the opposite three had been beforehand undiscovered and belonged to a novel species. 

Genetic analyses revealed them to be carefully associated to Methylobacterium indicum. 

The researchers named the novel species as Methylobacterium ajmalii, in honour of the famend Indian biodiversity scientist, Dr. Ajmal Khan, former Professor at Annamalai College in Tamil Nadu. 

The genome evaluation of Methylobacterium ajmalii strains revealed the presence of genes which might be concerned in selling plant progress.

Commenting on the invention and primarily based on the genomic knowledge, the lead authors mentioned that the strains would possibly possess “biotechnologically helpful genetic determinants that will assist rising crops in excessive locations the place assets are minimal”. 

Nonetheless, additional experimental validations are being achieved to show that it might, certainly, be a possible game-changer for area farming.

The authors are wanting ahead to extra thrilling discoveries in collaboration with NASA’s JPL. — IANS

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