The story looks at efforts by NASA and international researchers to simulate growing conditions on Mars, including plants and soil. Graham discussed altering crops to suit life in space.
At U of G, researchers are studying ways to grow crops in space and to sustain life during deep-space missions such as a trek to Mars. This includes understanding how plants can function under environmental conditions such as very low atmospheric pressures and much less oxygen.
U of G’s Controlled Environment Systems Research Facility and its Space and Advanced Life Support Agriculture program are part of Canada’s contributions to plant research and development for space and closed environment activities. U of G also has an ongoing contract with the European Space Agency’s MELiSSA Project.