LINV Student Team @ ‘Spin your Thesis!’ 2015 campaign in ESA!

Once again, the LINV student team have been selected to develop and perform their hypergravity experiments during ESA’s ‘Spin your Thesis!’ 2015 campaign.
Three PhD students (Enrico Pezzola, Giulia Atzori, Nicola Pellicciotta), helped by the post-doc Camilla Pandolfi, and endorsed by the researcher Elisa Masi, will study the effect of hypergravity on the closure mechanism of Dionaea traps.

The project aims at the investigation how different gravity conditions affect activation and propagation of action potentials (APs) related to the fast trap movement of Venus flytrap (Dionaea muscipula). Venus flytrap is an ideal study model for several reasons, above all the simplicity to trigger trap closure, the speed of the movement, and the comprehensive literature available, including experiments conducted during parabolic flights by our laboratory and published on Nature Scientific Reports and on BioMed Research International.

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The Large Diameter Centrifuge (LDC) at ESA’s European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) at Noordwijk in the Netherlands. Copyright ESA