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Michael P Weber II michaelweberii at gmail.com
Mon May 16 16:30:12 CEST 2016

On Mon, May 16, 2016 at 3:05 AM, Michael Turner
<michael.eugene.turner at gmail.com> wrote:
> Whether intentional or not, the choice of watercress could be very
> space-relevant.
> (1) Biosphere II saw the direct participation of the late Roy Walford, MD, a
> pioneer self-experimenter in CRON (calorie restriction with optimal
> nutrition) as a strategy for life extension. This research interested the
> Biosphere II organizers because, in feeding long-duration space mission
> participants, fewer calories eaten means, to a good first approximation,
> less mass for the ecological life support system, leading to lower mission
> cost, etc.
> (2) Research into how CRON appears to increase lifespans (in part by
> reducing cancer risk -- a big issue in space travel because of space
> radiation) reveals that it's more about protein restriction than about
> calorie restriction per se.
> (3) Further research has suggested that it's specifically reduction of
> methionine intake that is the main driver of life extension in CRON (hence,
> presumably, lower cancer risk);
> (4) High-glycine diets sop up excess methionine. (To be sure: methionine is
> an essential amino acid; glycine is not. But it seems that with methionine,
> you can get too much of a good thing.)
> (5) Watercress is very high in glycine, quite low in methionine. Watercress
> might be ideal for offsetting the cancer risks from space radiation in
> long-duration space missions.
> I think a good next step in such work would be to try to optimize watercress
> production in an aeroponic rather than a hydroponic style. Hydroponics is
> great, highly productive, but ... water is heavy. Aeroponics can give you
> much of the benefit of hydroponics but with a fraction of the equipment
> mass. Aeroponics should be more adaptable to low-g and microgravity
> environments since it's not gravity-dependent -- it's basically just the
> deposition of nutrient-enriched mist droplets on plant roots. Aeroponics may
> have gotten its start from NASA funding.
> Regards,
> Michael Turner
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> On Mon, May 16, 2016 at 4:35 PM, Michael Turner


Are you going to take over the list then?

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