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Open Agriculture: Topical Issue on Agriculture in Space

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Dr. Thomas Graham, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Dr. Matthew Bamsey, German Aerospace Center, Germany


Open Agriculture journal, launched recently by De Gruyter Open, is currently seeking submissions for our Topical Issue ‘Agriculture in Space’.

Humanity is poised to make the next giant leap in human exploration and colonization of our solar system. Establishing a permanent foothold beyond the protective confines of Earth requires the development of spaceflight agricultural/horticultural systems that will support human activity through the bioregenerative provision of requisite nutrition, air revitalization (CO2 removal and Ogeneration), and water recycling. This topical issue of Open Agriculture explores the facets of Agriculture in Space under the main theme:

Bioregenerative life-support and spaceflight crops & cropping systems

This topical issue is soliciting original research in the form of full length research papers as well as short communications. Commentaries and review articles are also welcome under consultation with the managing editor(s).

Topic Areas

It is widely accepted that as the duration and distance of human exploration missions increase there will be a point at which re-supply from Earth will no longer be feasible in terms of life-support requirements (food, air, and water). At that point bioregenerative life-support systems will be feasible from an equivalent system mass perspective. This topical issue of Open Agriculture will explore the on-going development of these mission critical systems. Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • System and sub-system modelling
  • Microgravity and planetary surface bioregenerative life support system concepts and system-level designs
  • Analog research and research venues
  • Crop selection and characterization
  • Environmental control system developments and modelling
  • Crop lighting systems (e.g., LEDs, prospects for natural lighting, etc.)
  • Super elevated CO2 studies
  • Novel crop traits and spaceflight relevant genetic modifications (e.g., dwarf varieties; secondary metabolite production, etc.)
  • Volume use efficiency improvements
  • Plants and phytochemicals as spaceflight risk countermeasures (e.g., antioxidants, phyto-pharmaceuticals and functional foods)
  • Plant biomass recycling
  • Low pressure plant production studies
  • Plant responses to novel gravity environments (micro and partial g)
  • Water delivery systems (micro/partial gravity)
  • In-situ resource utilization
  • Psychological considerations/benefits

‘Agriculture in Space’ is collaborating with AgroSpace Therefore we would like to invite AgroSpace participants to publish their post-conference materials in our Topical Issue.


Authors are kindly invited to submit their contribution via online submission system Editorial Manager.

It is important that authors include a cover letter with their manuscript indicating that the manuscript is for the Topical Issue on Agriculture in Space.

The cover letter should explicitly state that the manuscript (or one with substantially the same content, by any of the authors) has not been previously published in any language anywhere and that it is not under simultaneous consideration or in press by another journal.

Before submission the authors should carefully read over the Instruction for Authors.

All papers will go through the Open Agriculture high standards, quick and comprehensive peer-review procedure.

We are looking forward to your submission up to December 30th, 2016. If you have any questions, please contact Thomas Graham at tgraham@uoguelph.ca, Matthew Bamsey at matthew.bamsey@dlr.de or Agnieszka Topolska at Agnieszka.Topolska@degruyteropen.com

As an author of Open Agriculture you will benefit from:

  • Transparent, comprehensive and fast peer review managed by our well versed Guest Editors;
  • Efficient route to fast-track publication and full advantage of De Gruyter Open e-technology;
  • No publication fees;

Free language assistance for authors from non-English speaking regions.