Inspenet, November 4, 2023.
A team of scientists created an ecological paint called “Green Living Paint” that has the ability to release oxygen on Mars and on Earth on a daily basis . This innovative product was developed by researchers at the University of Surrey in the United Kingdom.
What distinguishes this paint is its composition of bacteria, specifically the Cuban Chroococcidiopsis , which have the ability to consume carbon dioxide and release oxygen. These bacteria are resistant and can survive in conditions similar to those on Mars, suggesting a potential sustainable use of this biological paint in contexts beyond our planet.
Microbiologist Simone Krings led the team of scientists that developed this novel solution, whose findings were published in the journal Microbiology Spectrum . With growing concern about the increase in greenhouse gases and the resulting climate crisis, these researchers dedicated themselves to finding a new way to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the environment.
A new way to produce oxygen on Mars
Over a 30-day period, the researchers observed that this biolining consistently released about 0.4 grams of oxygen per gram of biomass, while absorbing carbon dioxide.
Although this solution cannot yet be considered to provide the necessary conditions to establish a habitat on Mars, it represents a significant advance in reducing the amount of oxygen that space missions must transport. At best, it could be considered a potential step towards the colonization of the red planet, as the lead author of the research points out.
” Photosynthetic Chroococcidiopsis have an extraordinary ability to survive in extreme environments, such as droughts and exposure to high levels of ultraviolet radiation ,” says Simone Krings. ” This makes them potential candidates for the colonization of Mars .”
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