Artificial Soil Made From Lava Rocks’ Is Assumed To Help Space Vegetation
The very idea of imagining about green vegetation thriving in the space gives rise to an array of mindboggling thoughts in the mind. Space fresh greens are the current hot topic of the town. The researchers have, lately, obtained a better understanding of the plant’s response to low gravity plus a particular hormone that can actually help the plant grow and survive in the exigent space conditions. The novel research has already proved positive in growing the plants in the high-tech planters wherein the artificial soil developed from lava rock are used. The future aim is to grow the plant directly in the water with the supply of nutrients through it rather than depending on the soil. The key for such budding research is owing to the lack of soil in space and the need for looking for an alternative nutrient supplier without relying on the Earth.
The Norwegian University of Science and Technology’s (NTNU) Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Space’s (CIRiS) team cooperating with researchers from France and Italy in order to hunt down appropriate means for cultivating plant-based foods in space. The high-tech planters developed by the NTNU’s technical workshop is being tested by the CIRiS so as help supply the air, water, gas, and nutrients that plants need. A team has also been testing the plant growth in the climate-regulated growth chambers so as to understand the use of nitrogen and nutrient level availability that may affect the water consumption quantity of the plants.
According to Plant Physiologist Silje Wolff from CIRiS, the plants can smell the nutrients availability that when the nitrogen is less more water is taken up or vice-versa and also both are adequately available then the absorption takes place accordingly. The gravity in space is the basic concern for which the researchers assume the perfect solution is to place the pant in the centrifuge in a space station so as to help it grow. As per the researchers, this study is not only beneficial for the space vegetation but also beneficial for the Earth vegetation where the nutrient-poor soils are present. The recycling along with perfect fertilization and also using water with dissolved nutrients for growing plants can help maintain sustainable food production and irrigation. NASA has a line of spacecraft being prepared to help launch vegetation on the Mars or Moons as these are the alien planets currently under the space agency’s radar.