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Biosphere Lessons Can Be Applied To Space, Former Crew Co-Captain Says

s been pretty well proved, she said. But there are many areas that need to be studied, she said. Among the research needs are:

  • How to increase crop production in smaller spaces.

  • Comparing use of artificial lighting to ambiant lighting to see what is missing.

  • Understanding atmospheric recycling because certain nutrients can get tied up more than others.

  • Determining recreational needs of the crew in space.

Silverstone, who is the vice president of Agricultural and Forestry for Ecofrontieers Inc. and shareholder of Biospheres LLC, a private research and development firm, was the co-captain of the Biosphere 2 crew and manager of agriculture and food systems.

She has worked on food and agricultural projects in East Africa, India and Puerto Rico. A native of England, she managed and coordinated the architectural division operations, financial administration and cost control from 1987 to 1991 for Space Biospheres Ventures, the company that built and operated Biosphere 2.

In addition to publishing papers on the agricultural systems of Biosphere 2, she has published a cookbook, Eating In: From the Field to the Kitchen in Biosphere 2.

The four-day meeting -- the Congress on Cerebral Ischemia, Vascular Dementia, Epilepsy and CNS Injury: New Aspects of Prevention and Treatment from Space and Underwater Exploration -- continues through Wednesday noon at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, formerly the Sheraton Washington.


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Contact: Robert Conn
rconn@wfubmc.edu
336-716-4587
Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center
12-May-1998


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