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Fungal Biomarkers Stability in Mars Regolith Analogues after Simulated Space and Mars-Like Conditions

Cassaro, Allessia and Pacelli, Claudia and Baqué, Mickael and de Vera, Jean Pierre Paul and Böttger, Ute and Botta, Lorenzo and Saladino, Raffaele and Rabbow, Elke and Onofri, Silvano (2021) Fungal Biomarkers Stability in Mars Regolith Analogues after Simulated Space and Mars-Like Conditions. Journal of Fungi, 7 (10), p. 859. Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI). doi: 10.3390/jof7100859. ISSN 2309-608X.

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.3390/jof7100859


The discovery of life on other planets and moons in our solar system is one of the most important challenges of this era. The second ExoMars mission will look for traces of extant or extinct life on Mars. The instruments on board the rover will be able to reach samples with eventual biomarkers until 2 m of depth under the planet’s surface. This exploration capacity offers the best chance to detect biomarkers which would be mainly preserved compared to samples on the surface which are directly exposed to harmful environmental conditions. Starting with the studies of the endolithic meristematic black fungus Cryomyces antarcticus, which has proved its high resistance under extreme conditions, we analyzed the stability and the resistance of fungal biomarkers after exposure to simulated space and Mars-like conditions, with Raman and Gas Chromatography–Mass Spectrometry, two of the scientific payload instruments on board the rover.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/144593/
Document Type:Article
Title:Fungal Biomarkers Stability in Mars Regolith Analogues after Simulated Space and Mars-Like Conditions
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Cassaro, AllessiaDepartment of Ecological and Biological Sciences, Univeristoy of TusciaUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Baqué, MickaelUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-6696-6030UNSPECIFIED
Botta, LorenzoDepartment of Ecological and Biological Sciences (DEB), University of Tuscia, 01100 Viterbo, Italy.UNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Saladino, RaffaeleDepartment of Agrobiology and Agrochemistry, University of ViterboUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Rabbow, ElkeUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-9301-2021UNSPECIFIED
Onofri, SilvanoDepartment of Ecological and Biological Sciences, University of Tuscia, Viterbo, ItalyUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date:14 October 2021
Journal or Publication Title:Journal of Fungi
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Page Range:p. 859
Publisher:Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI)
Keywords:spectroscopy, Mars exploration, life-detection, pigments, nucleic acids
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Space Exploration
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R EW - Space Exploration
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Planetary Evolution and Life, R - Project ISS LIFE 2.0
Location: Berlin-Adlershof , Köln-Porz
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Planetary Research > Planetary Laboratories
Space Operations and Astronaut Training > User center for space experiments (MUSC)
Institute of Optical Sensor Systems > Space Instruments
Institute of Aerospace Medicine > Radiation Biology
Deposited By: Herrmann, Astrid
Deposited On:18 Oct 2021 09:20
Last Modified:11 Nov 2021 15:17

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