Lunar Greenhouse featured at the 2013 BIO International Convention

The Lunar Greenhouse Outreach and Teaching Module made a special appearance in April in the Arizona State Pavilion at the 2013 BIO International Convention in Chicago. This is the second time the module has visited Chicago. During the fall of 2012, the module was featured in a six-month exhibit at Chicago’s Museum of Science and industry.

The Lunar Greenhouse Outreach and Teaching Module was the centerpiece of the Arizona State Pavilion. The module is a mobile replica of the Lunar Greenhouse Lab, housed at the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences’ Controlled Environment Agriculture Center.

Approximately 18-by-7 feet, the module is a prototype of a self-contained, automated environment which has the potential to provide water, oxygen and one-half of the daily amount of food needed for one astronaut to survive. This cylindrical Lunar Greenhouse is full of plant life that grows using hydroponics (in nutrient-rich water, without soil) giving visitors the opportunity to visualize first-hand how humans might be able to grow food on the Moon.

The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) hosts this global event annually to highlight advances in biotechnology. In 2013, the convention hosted a record number of partnering meetings and panel sessions on the latest science, policy issues and business opportunities and challenges facing the biotechnology industry. The event drew in 13,594 industry leaders from 47 states and 62 countries as well as featuring more than 1,722 exhibitors.

“The 2013 BIO International Convention brought together global leaders from industry, government and academia who are working together to move innovation forward,” said BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood. “Our convention provides biotech leaders with opportunities to showcase our industry’s promise to offer real solutions to the most pressing global challenges.”

BIO works throughout the year to create a policy environment that enables the industry to fulfill its vision of bettering the world through biotechnology innovation.

Released date: 
May 22 2013