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    Default Scientists Just Grew a Whole Salad in Antarctica, Without Any Daylight or Soil

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    If we're ever going to make the long trip to Mars and then colonise the place, we'll need a lot of food. If we can grow our own, even better.

    In a step that's getting us closer to off-world farming, scientists on Germany's Neumayer Station III in Antarctica have just harvested a nice big crop of vegetables a whole 3.6 kg (8 pounds) of salad greens, 18 cucumbers, and 70 radishes.

    Even better, the crops, grown in a lab called EDEN-ISS, were produced without dirt, daylight, or pesticides, according to the team.

    Instead, the researchers employed a reusable water cycle and a nutrient system, while optimising LED lighting and carefully monitoring carbon dioxide in the room - based on a method known as hydroponics.

    "After sowing the seeds in mid-February, I had to deal with some unexpected problems, such as minor system failures and the strongest storm in more than a year," Paul Zabel, an engineer involved with the project, told dw.com.

    "Fortunately, all these things could be fixed and overcome."
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    Default Re: Scientists Just Grew a Whole Salad in Antarctica, Without Any Daylight or Soil

    Salad??

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    Default Re: Scientists Just Grew a Whole Salad in Antarctica, Without Any Daylight or Soil

    If the environment's controlled, pesticides are wholly unnecessary. Why bother to flag that in the OP?

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    Default Re: Scientists Just Grew a Whole Salad in Antarctica, Without Any Daylight or Soil

    They have been doing this at U.S. bases down there since the late 70s.
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