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Type: Journal article
Title: Suitability of martian environmental conditions for crop growth on Mars
Author: Hender, Matthew Ross
Citation: Journal of Agronomy and Crop Science-Zeitschrift fur Acker und Pflanzenbau, 2007; 193 (5):366-372
Publisher: Blackwell Wissenschafts-Verlag GMBH
Issue Date: 2007
ISSN: 0931-2250
School/Discipline: School of Mechanical Engineering
Abstract: This article has applied the results of plant growth experimentation under various conditions, including high carbon dioxide concentrations; low light, water, and nutrient levels; and the effect of low pressure and magnetic fields to plant growth and, more specifically, crop productivity. By examining the outcomes of these experiments the feasibility of crop growth under conditions that would be expected on Mars can be demonstrated. It is shown that stress factors likely to be encountered on Mars, including low light water and nutrient levels, can be compensated for through the use of an enriched CO2 environment. Other environmental factors are shown to be either not limiting on crop productivity, or easily compensated for in a managed greenhouse.
Keywords: Colonization; crop growth; life support; Mars; Martian
Description: The definitive version is available at
RMID: 0020074363
DOI: 10.1111/j.1439-037X.2007.00271.x
Appears in Collections:Mechanical Engineering publications

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