Breakthrough for growing food on Mars after scientists prove worms that are vital to healthy crops can reproduce in 'Martian soil'
You may see them as irritating garden pests, but earthworms are actually vital for the survival of any ecosystem.
Now, scientists have discovered that worms can reproduce in 'Martian soil' for the first time.
The findings suggest that worms could reproduce on Mars, in what is a major step towards colonisation of the red planet.
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WHY ARE WORMS SO IMPORTANT? Worms are needed for healthy soil not only on Earth but also in future indoor gardens on Mars or the moon.
They thrive on dead organic matter such as old plant remains which they eat, chew and mix with soil before... read more
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