Our Earth-First Model
Our future success on other planets depends whether we can grow our own food and be self-sustainable. But it is not only about producing edible crops, it’s about having the resources and technology to obtain the best quality seed for planting and growing subsequent generations. This is the key to sustaining life on other planets.
But to envision our purpose on future Space settlements, we need to focus on our presence on Earth first. Food productivity on Earth, particularly in harsh environments, we are not realising the full potential of the land for growing crops. In fact, about 10% of total Earth land area is used for crop production. In addition, other regions where we are not realising the potential of growing crops is in urban environments. Together, these two conditions restrict us from meeting crop yields, and in the United Kingdom alone, accounts for over 70% of land area not being arable.
We want to dig into the fundamentals on why plants are so successful in different environments and how we can use this information to grow more efficiently. Our research is to help minimise the gap of resources needed to manage crop systems. We offer innovative, sustainable and equitable farming technologies that are easy to implement, thus encourage a new generation of farmers.
Agriculture in future Space settlements might be the resource needed to be able to push the boundaries of the human presence, but we still need to understand how our behaviour in Space might change, how our bodies will respond in microgravity, how communities will be built in a way that they are self-sustainable, ensure we establish accessible healthcare and be governed freely. Our success will depend on our ability to integrate several disciplines from the life and social sciences. Innovations tailored for Space settlements must first need to be built for applications on Earth.
Our Mission Starts on Earth
It may be decades before we send humans to Mars, but if we do one day, the community there must be healthy and well-fed. That is why we are here: to bring plants to Space. Having a food supply system on Space settlements will make long term exploration and expansion in Space possible.
Contributions to Science
Our main scientific contribution is towards the understanding of how plants grow in harsh environments and use that knowledge to grow plants in outer-space and other planets, such as Mars.
Application-Focused Plant Science
We aim to combine and integrate several scientific disciplines and create more opportunities for applied plant science.
Research Strategy: Learning from Photosynthesis
Plants get their food source through photosynthesis and we in turn get our food source from plants. There is still plenty to learn from plants, such as how photosynthesis is regulated and how it responds to changing climates.
Our Commitment to Our Community
We have strong ties to our community and bring solutions that can benefit everyone. By working closely with our local community, we can contribute to the training and career development of next generation scientists.
Equality & Diversity
We believe in creating equal opportunities for members of our community, offer a professional atmosphere and encourage openness and diversity.
Our Commitment to the Environment
We are committed in minimising our impact on the environment by reducing the use of single-use paper and plastics.