Gas Exchange Measurement System

GEMS was designed to measure the respiration of plants grown in a small greenhouse on the Russian Mir Space Station as part of an international experiment called FBI-2 (Fundamental Biology Investigations 2). The 25-year experiment demonstrated that serial plant propagation in space is possible.

SDL continues to invest in this effort by conducting plant experiments on the International Space Station (ISS). Working with the Russian Institute of Biomedical Problems, SDL developed a small, low-cost growth chamber (Lada) that is hosted in the Russian segment of the ISS.