Researchers from Zurich University have come out with a new method of adapting over weak strength of gravity and the presence of much weaker nutrients that are found over the moon along with the other planets. Whether it is Mars or Moon or any other planet, establishing reliable and sustainable sources of food is the most critical challenges for the scientists as they are striving hard for exploring the extraterrestrial sources for colonizing them; be it the planets or the Moon. One way which looks promising is the development of Space Farming techniques, but our researchers are struggling to develop techniques which could make space farming a reality.
Due to the presence of limited amount of nutrients along with low gravity, growing vegetation over those planets is a tough task to deal with. The latest development by the scientists has shown that the vegetation have a chance of growing because of a particular type of hormone. Biologists from Zurich University have discovered a hormone named ‘Strigolactone’ which holds the potential of making Space Farming a reality. This hormone facilitates the symbiosis process between the plant roots and fungi which boosts the survival chances of plants even in the most adverse situations which are present on Moon.
Space Farming is an idea which has always fascinated the astronomers. All the teams from Blue Origin, SpaceX, and the NASA are looking for the possible chances when it comes to colonizing the Red Planet. One of the possible solutions for the problem is growing the vegetation over the Moon and then transporting it later to the Red Planet. The researchers from Zurich have said that it is costly, both ecologically as well as monetarily to move the Fertilizers which are needed for replicating the plant growth which is identical to Earth.