According to the journal Planetary Science, published in July, the researchers tested lettuce, radishes and peppers grown in a simulated mixture of algae and peat to verify the ability of citrus-mimetic Ci carbonate to sustain plant growth.
Food is the basic thing that we need for our existence. We can grow different crops depending on the type of soil of the earth’s surface. Now, research and efforts are underway to find out whether food can be grown in space. Astronauts stay in space for a long time to complete their missions and discover something new, and they always need proper and nutritious diet to survive. Currently, the way astronauts obtain food consists of a supply of packaged food from Earth, which is not a good source of nutrients especially for long-range missions. According to the Journal of Planetary Science published in July, “Using the planet’s resources by using on-site resources to grow crops is the next step towards sustainability in space.” Asteroids have abundant space resources and can be used to grow crops for astronauts.
The report states: “Asteroids are an abundant space resource and should not be ignored when considering manned missions. In particular, primitive CI asteroids are of interest because the regolith contains soluble nutrients, such as phosphorus and contains potassium, which plants can use for growth and development.” Via the report, the researchers involved in the study reported that they tested the growth of lettuce, radish and pepper in a mixture of algae and growing peat. The results showed that each species responded differently to each treatment and was more affected by the radish treatment.
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“We present a study on the ability of CI-enriched simulations to sustain the growth of lettuce (Latuca sativa), radish (Raphanus sativus) and pepper (Capsicum annuum). We cultivated selected plants in simulated mixed growth and the results showed that each species interacted appropriately, with each treatment being different and more affected by the radish treatment.
He continued, “Later analysis showed that the simulations contained small amounts of nutrients that plants could use despite their high pH, low cation exchange capacity, and classification as a silt-based soil. Our results show that the simulations are susceptible to stress and”