Microbial growth in simulated martian environments

Ramkissoon, Nisha K.; Macey, Michael C.; Schwenzer, Susanne P.; Pearson, Victoria K. and Olsson-Francis, Karen (2018). Microbial growth in simulated martian environments. In: European Planetary Science Congress 2018, 16-21 Sep 2018, Berlin, Germany.


In this study, four new simulants have been developed, and their associated fluid chemistries have been derived for use in a series of microbiological simulation experiments. These experiments will determine if aqueous environments on Mars, past or present, could potentially support microbial life and identify any key geochemical biosignatures that may arise as a result of that life.

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