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To grow crops on Mars and the Moon

15:00 - 15:30 (GMT+02:00)
10 November 2021
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Add to calendar 11/10/2021 15:00 11/10/2021 15:30 Europe/Bucharest To grow crops on Mars and the Moon - GoTech World 2021: Revive. Rise. Accelerate the future When humans are going to settle on Mars or the Moon, one of the challenges will be to grow their own food. Without food security by growing their own crops a longer stay will be almost impossible, especially on Mars giving its long distance from Earth.

Speakers:
Wieger Wamelink, Ecologist and spacefarmer @Wageningen University & Research (WUR)

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When humans are going to settle on Mars or the Moon, one of the challenges will be to grow their own food. Without food security by growing their own crops a longer stay will be almost impossible, especially on Mars giving its long distance from Earth. To grow food at the site there are several options, but due to the circumstances of low temperature, very low air pressure and cosmic radiation, it will always be indoors. Possible growth systems in lude aeroponics, hydroponics and the use of present regolith (‘soil’) materials. We focus only on the latter and follow the principal that as much as possible natural resources should be used. Since there is no Mars regolith on Earth and Moon regolith is so scares that it is not available for large scale plant growth experiments we use instead simulants for our experiments. It will be clear that this has the disadvantage that there may be differences between the simulants and the actual regoliths. The advantage is that we already can experiment with plant growth here on Earth. Since 2013 several experiments were carried out testing both the Mars and Moon simulant regolith, on plant and crop growth, Bacteria activity, worm functioning and the effect of Mars like radiation on plant growth. Also, a theoretical design for a sustainable agricultural ecosystem was set up. Take home messages Crop growth to feed future inhabitants of Mars and the Moon seems possible on regoliths (soils) present, indoors and below ground. Setting up a sustainable agricultural ecosystem with a closed nutrient cycle is a necessity, but easier said than done. Evolving ideas and set ups for growing crops on Mars and Moon can also be used on Earth.

Wieger Wamelink
Wieger Wamelink
Ecologist and spacefarmer
Wageningen University & Research (WUR)
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Dr. Wieger Wamelink works as ecologist at Wageningen University & Research (WUR) in the Netherlands. As senior researcher he works on the effects of nitrogen deposition and climate change on biodiversity, especially on plant species. He is also one of the caretakers of the nature gardens on the Wageningen campus and as campus ecologist responsible for the management of the green areas on the campus. In 2013 Wieger started Food For Mars and Moon with as goal to crow crops on Mars and the moon applying the regoliths present at the planets. The research includes the effects of heavy metals present in the regoliths on the growth, effect of cosmic radiation on the plant growth, the application of human faeces as manure and the need to bring worms, bacteria and pollinators to create a sustainable closed agricultural ecosystem. To boldly grow where no plant has grown before.



Wieger Wamelink' sessions:

15:00 - 15:30 (GMT)
Nov 10, 2021
Keynote
Add to calendar 11/10/2021 15:00 11/10/2021 15:30 To grow crops on Mars and the Moon - GoTech World 2021: Revive. Rise. Accelerate the future When humans are going to settle on Mars or the Moon, one of the challenges will be to grow their own food. Without food security by growing their own crops a longer stay will be almost impossible, especially on Mars giving its long distance from Earth.

Speakers:
Wieger Wamelink, Ecologist and spacefarmer @Wageningen University & Research (WUR)

Click here to view more details about this session.
Virtual hello@myconnector.ro aKyOfPFEVzRHclXpWmTW75232

To grow crops on Mars and the Moon

When humans are going to settle on Mars or the Moon, one of the challenges will be to grow their own food. Without food security by growing their own crops a longer stay will be almost impossible, especially on Mars giving its long distance from Earth.


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