Wednesday, September 06, 2006

How to grow plants on Mars

Plants that could grow on Mars would need to be able to tolerate conditions outside the range experienced by plants on Earth. One source of such genes is extremophiles living in Antarctica and in deep ocean vents. University of North Carolina plant physiologist Wendy Boss and microbiologist Amy Grunden propose that transfering stress-tolerance genes from extremophiles to plants may allow them to grow in Martian conditions (See article).

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