1365 – A Journey from Western Kansas Soils to Mars Soils with NASA… Vegetative Propagation with K-State’s Garden Hour

  • Experiences of a Colorado Farm Boy that Led to Leading Mars Rover Missions
  • Propagating for Genetically Identical New Plants


00:01:08  — Experiences of a Colorado Farm Boy that Led to Leading Mars Rover Missions, Part One: For 38 years the Roscoe Ellis, Jr. Lectureship has brought prominent scholars in soil science to Kansas State University in order to foster advancements in soil science through interactions with both students and faculty. This year Doug Ming traveled to K-State to share his experiences as a planetary scientist at NASA. During this two-part series, Doug shares insight on his life growing up as a Colorado farm boy, studying agronomy throughout college, and ultimately leading Mars rover missions over the course of two decades.


00:12:08  — Experiences of a Colorado Farm Boy that Led to Leading Mars Rover Missions, Part Two: We continue our conversation with Doug Ming, NASA planetary scientist, where he shares insight on how Mars’ soils compare to those we know well here on Earth, his advice for students, and the potential for life on Mars.


00:23:09  — Propagating for Genetically Identical New Plants: We end today’s show with Jason Griffin, directore of the John C. Pair Horticulture Center. He was the featured horticulturalist for February’s K-State Garden Hour where he provided an overview of vegetative propagation – the process of making new plants that are genetically identical to your existing plants. Today, we pass along some of his tips for successful vegetative propagation.


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