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Re: Scaling Agriculture on Mars
« Reply #1160 on: 01/03/2018 01:34 PM »
Spirulina goes to the ISS to see how it lives in space. It is part of MELiSSA which is also sending more experiments to the ISS to see how biological ECLSS will work:

http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Human_Spaceflight/Research/Planting_oxygen
Spirulina is a good one. Highly productive protein source. Tastes like a swamp, tho.
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Re: Scaling Agriculture on Mars
« Reply #1161 on: 01/06/2018 05:29 PM »
Growing Mizuna On The International Space Station

http://spaceref.com/international-space-station/growing-mizuna-on-the-international-space-station.html

No idea what is mizuna

Japanese mustard greens, a sort of peppery salad makings. Tasty as an ingredient, though I prefer Romaine as a salad base. Especially if grilled.
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Re: Scaling Agriculture on Mars
« Reply #1162 on: 01/13/2018 05:21 PM »
Yeah, I think hydroponics is the way to go for a while. Eventually we'll make soil by composting stuff, but it'll take a while, and hydroponics has a lot going for it.

I still think 90% of our calories will be grown in a vat (or grown in a vat before being fed to animals like fish or something), not in a field (hydroponic or otherwise). This will be true for a very long time, probably indefinitely. It's just ultimately a more efficient use of resources. And contrary to what Aegean claims, on Mars nitrogen fixation will be more efficient if done chemically, and this will probably be true until we terraform the place.

Washed Mars rocks can serve as hydroponic media. When it gets clogged with roots and stuff, we can crush it and mix with compost to make true soil.

Micro algae and algae-eating small shrimps in glass ecosphere, CO2 and fertilizer in, shrimps out.

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