Agriculture and Space



Agriculture is the science of cultivating soil or similar media for crop and livestock production. That includes also all the techniques used in those activities.

Long-term crewed space exploration missions require in-space food production, due to the prohibitive operational and cost constraints of bringing all food from Earth. At the same time, back on Earth there is a demand for increasing food production yields and nutrient values, as well as improving food life cycles, and pest and disease resistance of crops. These improvements would affect both growing and processing techniques, and are of special importance to communities that depend on agriculture for self-sufficiency.

Related Topics

Astroculture is a new science involved with the replication of conditions in space that enable agricultural processes that naturally occur on Earth.

References

http://www.ecology.com/ecology-today/astroculture/index.html
http://www.thefreedictionary.com/agriculture
http://www.answers.com/agriculture

External Links

http://exploration.nasa.gov/articles/18dec_scents.html
http://archives.cnn.com/2002/TECH/space/10/15/cosmic.beans/index.html
http://www.spaceag.org/index.htmhttp://liftoff.msfc.nasa.gov/Shuttle/USML2/science/asc.html
http://spd.nasa.gov/hardware/advasc.html
http://www.spaceag.org/index.htm
http://www.shuttlepresskit.com/STS-95/experiment29.htm
http://liftoff.msfc.nasa.gov/Shuttle/USML2/science/asc.html
http://wcsar.engr.wisc.edu/advasc.html

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