One of my classes this semester is working on creating speculative habitat systems for plant life on Mars. Our recent project was to create a closed loop system. My team decided to work on a “Vertical Plant Parfait” in which three different biomes can live symbiotically in a glass container. On the top we have a plant/photosynthesizing layer, the middle is fungi/decomposing layer, and the bottom is the algae/water layer. We have sensors to detect health of each layer, and a pump runs through the system to provide nutrient/water to the plant and fungi layer. A longer writeup can be seen here.
Plant hammock — suspends our plant while allow organic matter(dead leaves) to pass onto decomposing layer.
Algae was pumped in at the end.
Team Member George made a cool Slackbot for our plant! You can ask for a picture!
Our oyster mushrooms are starting to come in and it’s excitingggg!!!!