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In one scene of the movie 'The Martian,' which was booming last year, an astronaut survived on Mars by planting potatoes in the land of Mars. Apparently this is not always fiction.
Reported by the Daily Mail (9/3), researchers in the Netherlands managed to harvest their experimental plants, and finally tomatoes successfully harvested in the medium of land Mars and the land of the Moon. The team from Wageningen University and Reseach Center, has experimented with planting various plant species in the space ground. But this land is an artificial land, which is actually made only to resemble the soil structure on the red planet.
The fruit of the plant may be edible, but researchers still want to wait for the 'Mars plant' to be examined further, whether the fruits and vegetables are free of toxins or harmful metals that may be present from experimental soil.
In this experiment, the researchers managed to grow and harvest tomatoes, peas, rye, rocket, radish, and lettuce. In addition, some other plants that are tried to be grown include leek, spinach, wheat seed, and chives. Although using the land of Mars, pots and compost Earth is still used as a control and comparison.
The land of Mars and the land of the artificial moons was made by NASA, formed from the soil of the Arizona desert, formed from volcanic lava in Hawaii.
Dr. Wieger Wamelink, who is one of the researchers, stated that developments have occurred since the first time this plant was planted. The production of biomass obtained from Mars's simulant soil is not much different from the Earth used as a control. In the first planting, almost all the plants on the Moon land die. But the development takes place and finally the plants in 3 soil, Moon, Mars and Earth, grow together.
To plant this plant, unused pots, but using a slab to add organic material such as grass to Mars's simulant soil.
"This is a surprise for us," said Wamelink. "This shows that the land of Mars also has a good potential, provided originally prepared and well watered," he added. [idc]