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Food for Mars: Green beans and potatoes

Food for Mars: Green beans and potatoes

by Natasha Schön on Tuesday, 19th July 2016 in Food for Mars, People, Wieger Wamelink

The first phase of the experiment is now well underway and the current main star is the green bean. One of the beautiful things about beans is that if they germinate (which is not always easy), they form a big plant with nice green leaves quite quickly. The germination on the Mars and moon simulant was excellent and often three out of three sown seeds germinated. Only one of the earth control pots showed no germination at all, and this pot was replaced by a spare. Part of the beans seemed to have an identity crisis. The package that they came from clearly stated low growing beans. Nevertheless, some of them are forming long shoots reaching out to Mars and the moon. We had to put a stick in each pot in order to support them. This also included the pots with plants that were not growing shoots, otherwise the sticks may influence the outcome of the experiment. At this moment, the beans are flowering abundantly and some of them have already small beans, whic means that the first harvest is imminent. Who will join us for dinner? This is the fifteenth post in a blog series about experiments conducted by a team of ecologists and crop scientists of Wageningen UR. The goal of these experiments is a proof of concepts for providing the first (human) Martians with ‘own-grown’ fresh food. Make sure to read our earlier blog posts!

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Food for Mars: Cycling to Mars

Food for Mars: Cycling to Mars

by Natasha Schön on Tuesday, 26th April 2016 in Food for Mars, People, Wieger Wamelink

At last, a new experiment started and it feels good! We frequently cycle to Nergena, ‘our’ glasshouse complex, with strong headwind on the last stretch. Normally we, Joep helps out as well this year, see a western yellow wagtail on our way. In the glasshouse far away from the day to day fuzz, we fill pots with Mars and moon soil simulant and add seeds and, new this year, potatoes. This is the fourteenth post in a blog series about experiments conducted by a team of ecologists and crop scientists of Wageningen UR. The goal of these experiments is a proof of concepts for providing the first (human) Martians with ‘own-grown’ fresh food. Check out our earlier blog posts below!

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Food for Mars: Crowdfunding

Food for Mars: Crowdfunding

by Natasha Schön on Monday, 28th March 2016 in Food for Mars, People, Wieger Wamelink

This blog is about our crowdfunding campaign that starts the comic-con meeting in Rijswijk (The Netherlands). I attend every year and one of returning activities is to visit Jesse van Muylwijck, who is in the ‘De Rechter’ (The Judge), for a signed album. As always, the drawing he made for me is based on my work, which in this case is about Mars. This is the thirteenth post in a blog series about experiments conducted by a team of ecologists and crop scientists of Wageningen UR. The goal of these experiments is a proof of concepts for providing the first (human) Martians with ‘own-grown’ fresh food. Make sure to read our previous blog posts!

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Food for Mars Q&A with Wieger Wamelink - Part 2

Food for Mars Q&A with Wieger Wamelink - Part 2

by Natasha Schön on Thursday, 3rd March 2016 in Food for Mars, People, Wieger Wamelink

In the past year we have introduced Food for Mars , a blog series about experiments conducted by a team of ecologists and crop scientists of Wageningen UR. The goal of these experiments is a proof of concepts for providing the first (human) Martians with ‘own-grown’ fresh food. These posts have sparked a lot curiosity, which is why we asked what questions you have surrounding about growing food on Mars. We gathered your input and posed your questions to Wieger Wamelink, a Senior Ecologist at Alterra. Here is the second part of the top questions and his answers!

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