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Food security in space: Farming salad in moon soil

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Scientists have grown plants in soil taken from the lunar surface. It's a sign that people could one day live on the moon, grow food and produce water.

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Researchers at the University of Florida say they have grown plants in moon soil and uncovered what one of the researchers calls the "stuff of exploration dreams."

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It is the first time that scientists have shown that life can emerge from regolith, the material found on the moon's surface.

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They say their findings, which were published in the journal Communications Biology, could have implications for future lunar exploration.

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Rob Ferl, who co-authored the study, said the research could help astronauts on lunar missions grow their own food and reduce the need for frequent supplies from Earth.

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"When humans move as civilizations, not just to explore for a couple of days, but when we go to stay somewhere, we always take our agriculture with us," Ferl said.

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