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Can plants grow on Mars and the moon: a growth experiment on Mars and moon soil simulants.

Imported: 03 May '16 | Published: 28 Aug '14

G W Wieger GW Wamelink, Joep Y JY Frissel, Wilfred H J WH Krijnen, M Rinie MR Verwoert, Paul W PW Goedhart

PloS one

Abstract: When humans will settle on the moon or Mars they will have to eat there. Food may be flown in. An alternative could be to cultivate plants at the site itself, preferably in native soils. We report on the first large-scale controlled experiment to investigate the possibility of growing plants in Mars and moon soil simulants. The results show that plants are able to germinate and grow on both Martian and moon soil simulant for a period of 50 days without any addition of nutrients. Growth and flowering on Mars regolith simulant was much better than... Read More

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