Plant Biology In Space – Colonies and Long Term Space Flight
A paramount challenge to future space colonies is food supply. At some point the food will have to be grown locally in-house. Of course, that poses some serious criteria to make such a greenhouse system viably sustainable. One problem that not many have considered is how to get the plants to grow in an environment where the natural Earth's frequencies do not exist. Let's talk.
Not long ago, I got into an intellectual conversation about this dilemma with Brad Feddersen, a Space Technologist, who then pondered; "Is there a quantifiable frequency on Earth that can be accurately replicated in other space local? How do we deal with the background frequency on the new home planet? That mixes with artificial earth frequencies and should be taken into account. Indeed, the real experiment will be if plants care. "
Right, so good question, and we unfortunately still do not know the answer to that. However, consider this, if we have a certain steady vibrational white noise, then you counter that with a similar white noise frequency, and the difference is set to be Earth's frequency. While Earth's frequency is somewhere in the area of 4-5 Hz, this can be done easily enough. The plant cells vibrate at their best optimum frequency which is near Earth's frequency to which they've had to adapt and evolve. This allows them to be the best they can be for their DNA from Zip-File (seed) to maturity. See that point. Not trying to get too much into the spirituality side, just from what we know about cell biology and life on Earth you see?
Will the plant Care? Yes, intriguing line of questioning. The answer is perhaps that some might care more than others, greenhouse growers find some harmful bacteria dies faster under artificial LED Light, and some plants do not do well with it others seem to do fine – an indication to me that it matters by species of plant.
However, some plants have more cells, we know this from Ethanol Production and plants that grow in higher latitudes have more thickness, fiber which is better for bio-fuels, these plants may grow much faster and stronger with the right frequency, but may also be tougher if the frequency is wrong. Too, we could genetically modify plants to the new home frequency or help them evolve faster for it. I think this component should be discussed – it's not, I can not find papers on it, at least not related to greenhouses in space.
We need more study on Genetically Modify plants to deal with the soil that is THERE, wherever THERE is, be it Mars, Lunar colony, or plants living in high amounts of recycled waste, human or otherwise in the colony – 100% recycling – waste nothing – will have to be the battle cry on this, I am just saying. If the agriculture dies in a colony, so do the people if they lack the supplies for a cargo delivery. Scary stuff, as Science Fiction authors have shown us and envisioned such challenges, question is can manankind rise to the occasion?