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Deanna DeMattioFollow

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Authors' Class Standing

Deanna DeMattio, Freshmen

Lead Presenter's Name

Deanna DeMattio

Faculty Mentor Name

Dr. Peter Merkle

Abstract

This study uses a deep water culture hydroponics system to evaluate how Moringa Oleifera grows under light conditions similar to those on the Mars surface. Moringa oleifera is the most widely cultivated species of the genus Moringa, a very nutritious and antioxidant-rich plant with leaves containing the complete set of amino acids necessary for human nutrition. Our research objective is to determine the leaf yield of Moringa Oleifera. Initially, the light received by the plants will be reduced to 590W/m2 which is comparable to the sun directly overhead at local noon on Mars. By using a enclosed hydroponic system there will be less water usage resulting in less evaporation. This is an ecosystem friendly system that reduces waste and pollution from soil runoff providing the capability to manage plant conditions for optimal growth.

Did this research project receive funding support (Spark or Ignite Grants) from the Office of Undergraduate Research?

Yes, Spark Grant

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Researching the Growth of Moringa Oleifera under Mars Conditions

This study uses a deep water culture hydroponics system to evaluate how Moringa Oleifera grows under light conditions similar to those on the Mars surface. Moringa oleifera is the most widely cultivated species of the genus Moringa, a very nutritious and antioxidant-rich plant with leaves containing the complete set of amino acids necessary for human nutrition. Our research objective is to determine the leaf yield of Moringa Oleifera. Initially, the light received by the plants will be reduced to 590W/m2 which is comparable to the sun directly overhead at local noon on Mars. By using a enclosed hydroponic system there will be less water usage resulting in less evaporation. This is an ecosystem friendly system that reduces waste and pollution from soil runoff providing the capability to manage plant conditions for optimal growth.

 

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