Congratulations to Aleca Borsuk, an engineering major with a minor in botany, who was featured in the Star Advertiser today! Miss Borsuk is working on developing a way to grow nutritious leafy vegetables using energy efficient lighting, with limited space, and with faster than normal growth. This research is funded by Hawai‘i NASA Space Grant Consortium, aimed at developing new ways to produce food for astronauts traveling to Mars in an energy, space, and time efficient way. Borsuk says this research focuses on “squeezing every last inch of space and every last watt of electricity.” Working with Amaranthus caudatus, she developed a controlled growth environment that reduced self-shading within the plant canopies, resulting in increased irradiation for photosynthesis and more rapid development. Check out the full article here. Image thanks to the Star Advertiser.