This plant can easily grow on Mars! Cattle are fed on earth… know what the new study is telling
According to a Space.com report, Martian soil lacks organic nutrients, making it a challenge for scientists to grow crops on the Red Planet. Now, in a new study, researchers have examined ways to make the most of Mars’ soil and water. Because the soil of the Red Planet is mostly eroded from volcanic rock, scientists also used volcanic rocks in their experiments.
This research was led by Pooja Kashiviswanathan. She started this project when she was studying in a school in America. The researchers found that the alfalfa plant, which is commonly harvested and used as hay for cattle, grew well in soil that was low in nutrients. Not only this, the alfalfa plant also acts as a fertilizer for the soil.
The researchers were able to grow alfalfa plants on Martian soil without any nutrients. This suggests that this plant can be used to fertilize the soil of Mars. After this, other plants can also be grown there. Scientists also say that a photosynthetic and marine bacterial strain named Synechococcus sp. is effective in removing salt from the water present on Mars. Pooja Kashiviswanathan says she hopes our findings can support future NASA Mars missions.
It is worth noting that the soil and water used during the research was a mimic of Mars. The real challenge will come when plants will be grown in the samples brought from Mars. Nevertheless, this research can become a great hope for the future.