Earthworms can procreate in Mars soil

Two baby earthworms have been welcomed in the Mars soil experiment at Wageningen University & Research. Biologist Wieger Wamelink discovered them in a Mars soil simulant that he acquired from NASA. In the beginning he only appended adult worms. The demonstrations are important in the study that directs to regulate if people can retain themselves vibrant at the Red Planet by developing their own crops on Mars soils.

To cater for future human beings on Mars an enduring terminated agricultural ecosystem is a prerequisite. Worms will have a main role in this system as they disintegrate and reprocess dead organic matter. The excreta of the humans also will have to be utilized to fertilize the soil. However, for pragmatic and protective reasons currently pig slurry is being used. We have been keeping a watch on the growth of rucola (rocket) in Mars soil simulant provided by NASA to which worms and slurry have been appended. Distinctly the manure triggered growth especially in the Mars soil simulant and the observation yielded the fact that worms were agile. But the preeminent revelation occurred at the end of the experiment when two young worms were found in the Mars soil simulant.

Wamelink said that it was an eye opener that the Mars soil simulant was much sturdier and effective than earth silver sand. We appended organic matter from previous experiments to both sands. Then we added some manure to the specimen of the pots and then succeeding the sprouting of rucola, worms were added. The experiment therefore concluded with pots with various combinations with the deviation of organic matter which was appended to all of the pots.