Microbes may help astronauts transform human waste into food

A challenge in space travel is how to bring along enough food for the trip. Until now the solution was the growth of vegetables in hydroponic chambers. Professor Christopher House at Penn State University is developing a method of turning human waste directly into edible and nutritious substance. This is done by treating astronauts waste with microbes and producing an edible biomass either directly or indirectly depending on safety concerns. @ https://phys.org/news/2018-01-microbes-astronauts-human-food.html" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">https://phys.org/news/2018-01-microbes-astronauts-human-food.html
Microbes may help astronauts transform human waste into food

Human waste may one day be a valuable resource for astronauts on deep-space missions. Now, a Penn State research team has shown that it is possible to rapidly break down solid and liquid waste to grow food with a series of microbial reactors, while simultaneously minimizing pathogen growth.

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