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In the Stewart lab I research growing plants inoculated with symbiotic microbes in Martian regolith. The dirt or regolith on mars is sterile, it lacks reactive nitrogen and while it has been shown to be possible to grow plants in this material, I think rhizobium will aid plants in growing in this harsh and unforgiving environment. The goals of this research are to establish possible agriculture techniques for martian colonization by seeing if in martian regolith nitrogen content changes and plant growth increases with the introduction of rhizobium. I also help out with various other projects where I can. I have worked on a spruce phenolic extraction and the Pine Wilt nematode project.

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