Scientists from all over the world have been doing all the research on the moon for many years. Whether human life is possible here or not, the search is still going on. In the midst of all this, a shocking information has come to the fore. According to reports, plants can be grown in lunar soil. Plants have also been grown here for the first time.
Researchers from the University of Florida have found that the land cress, Arabidopsis thaliana plants, can successfully germinate and grow in soil taken from the moon. Research has shown that plants can be grown there that can provide food and oxygen to the moon.
A big step towards settling the world on the moon
Rob Farrell, one of the study’s co-authors, said: “Indeed, the Moon is a huge step toward being able to establish itself in colonies. Of course Arabidopsis is not tasty, but edible, he said.
This plant belongs to the same family as mustard, cauliflower and broccoli. Anna-Lisa Paul, another researcher involved in the study, said: “The plants that responded fastest to oxidative stress responses were typically those from the Apollo 11 sample and turned purple.”
Research done in 12 grams of soil
The discovery comes as NASA plans to send humans to the Moon as part of the Artemis program later this decade. Researchers analyzed growth on the Moon and added water, light and nutrients to 12 grams of lunar soil. The team applied to NASA three times in 11 years for the opportunity to work with the sample and was approved only 18 months ago.
The best part is that all the plants germinate. However some were of different colors, shapes and grew slower than others. The team also planted some plants in the soil of the earth to make comparisons. Let us tell you that this complete study report has been published in the Journal of Communications Biology.