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Warsaw University of Technology is a technical research public university. It is based in Poland.

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Polish students grew plants on simulated lunar regolith – NeeWS

Aug 30, 2021

August 30, 2021 As part of the international campaign of IGLUNA 2021 projects, a team of young scientists from the Students’ Space Association (operating at the Faculty of Power and Aeronautical Engineering of the Warsaw University of Technology) and the “Herbion” Biotechnology Science Club (associated with the Faculty of Chemistry of the Warsaw University of Technology) grew plants in an isolated cultivation module of the lunar soil simulator, after prior introduction of the appropriate bacteria. The SAMPLE 2 module (Semi-Autonomous Modular Plant and other Life-sustaining Experiment 2) protects plantations against extreme external conditions thanks to the use of thermal and radiation insulation. Meanwhile, the electricity needed to heat the farm and power the installation is provided by efficient solar panels. It is worth adding here that the breeding took place on simulated lunar regolith. Students explain that they received it from Off Planet Research. It is the best lunar regolith medium currently available for commercial use. It has not only the perfect structure and composition, but also the density and chemical composition. Only NASA has better regolith, because the real one was delivered from the moon, thanks to the Apollo missions. During the experiments, the module was placed on the rugged terrain of the Swiss mountain Pilatus, at a height of 2,132 meters. Students could manage their invention remotely, with a 2.5-second delay, as is the case in real communications with the Moon. The students revealed that bacteria and fungi were the main component of their experiment. It was thanks to them that they could grow plants in the lunar soil. The choice fell among others to urease-secreting Cryptococcus albidius, which is capable of breaking down urea. This, in turn, allows the nitrogen compounds needed by the plants to be precipitated. Shewanella oneidensis strain was also used. It was obtained from the Institute of Biochemistry and Biophysics of the Polish Academy of Sciences. “In practice, it uses all possible organic compounds, including CO2. He likes low pH, he also has a very interesting metabolism, which works well with a metallic substrate, it can reduce, among others, uranium“- said Konrad Uściło, coordinator of the biotechnology section of the project, a student of the Warsaw University of Technology. Polish students informed on their social media that this extraordinary experiment was a complete success. It would not have been possible without the incredible knowledge and experience of our young scientists. This is not the first and not the last experiment of this type. Similar ones are currently held in many Polish universities. Most of them are the result of preparations by the European Space Agency to send manned missions to the moon and its colonization. Source: Warszawska / PAP / Photo. Warsaw University of Technology / ESA

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