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Martian Mycrops

Transporting Perchlorate Reducing Bacteria via Fungal Mycelium To Efficiently Reduce Perchlorate Concentration in Martian Regolith

The Problem

Perchlorate (ClO4-) is a toxic salt found on Earth and in Martian regolith that stops plants from growing. This prevents Martian colonists from using regolith to grow crops for food.

Common bean in 1% perchlorate soil

Common bean in 0% perchlorate soil

perchlorate pile.jpg
Why do we focus on perchlorates as the primary issue hindering the establishment of Martian agriculture?

What advancements have led to Martian Mycrops?

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