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Home A leaf sensor developed to increase the efficiency of farming on long-duration space missions is now used by farmers to conserve on water use by only irrigating when crops need it. The sensor works by measuring leaf thickness and text messaging farmers when plants are “thirsty.” (AgriHouse Brands Ltd./NASA) A leaf sensor developed to increase the efficiency of farming on long-duration space missions is now used by farmers to conserve on water use by only irrigating when crops need it. The sensor works by measuring leaf thickness and text messaging farmers when plants are “thirsty.” (AgriHouse Brands Ltd./NASA)

A leaf sensor developed to increase the efficiency of farming on long-duration space missions is now used by farmers to conserve on water use by only irrigating when crops need it. The sensor works by measuring leaf thickness and text messaging farmers when plants are “thirsty.” (AgriHouse Brands Ltd./NASA)

A leaf sensor developed to increase the efficiency of farming on long-duration space missions is now used by farmers to conserve on water use by only irrigating when crops need it. The sensor works by measuring leaf thickness and text messaging farmers when plants are “thirsty.” (AgriHouse Brands Ltd./NASA)

A leaf sensor developed to increase the efficiency of farming on long-duration space missions is now used by farmers to conserve on water use by only irrigating when crops need it. The sensor works by measuring leaf thickness and text messaging farmers when plants are “thirsty.” (AgriHouse Brands Ltd./NASA)

NASA air purification technology, originally designed for plant-growing experiments on the space station, has been licensed and turned into a consumer device that keeps household air cleaner and healthier. (Akida Holdings Inc.)