Peruvian scientists investigate to grow potatoes on Mars

Peruvian scientists investigate to grow potatoes on Mars

The pope could be an important part of the diet of astronauts to conduct their studies at 225 million kilometers from our planet.

Scientists at the International Potato Center (CIP) in Peru will try to carry out an ambitious project of Peruvian potatoes growing on Mars, reports EFE.

The proponent is Julio Valdivia, Peruvian researcher who collaborates with NASA and has been the first to discover the similar features between the Martian soil and desert located in La Joya, 50 kilometers from the city of Arequipa, the south, also has poor and high salt soils.

The ultimate goal of researchers is to colonize the Red Planet with that crop.

“We do not believe anyone should depend exclusively on a single food, but the potato is a very nutritious food. A single boiled potato delivery vitamin C an adult needs for a day,” he explains.

According to scientists, the pope could be an important part of the diet of astronauts to conduct their studies at 225 million kilometers from our planet.

Researchers have already identified the best genotypes to perform the experiment in the desert. Peru has more than 4,000 native varieties cataloged and housed in its facilities CIP 4,500 potato varieties, the largest collection in the world stored.

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