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Giant leaf for mankind? China germinates first seed on moon

January 18th, 2019 at 1:05 pm » Comments Off

A photo of the cotton sprout. ‘This is the first time humans have done biological growth experiments on the lunar surface,’ said Xie Gengxin, who led the design of the experiment. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images A small green shoot is growing on the moon after a cotton seed germinated onboard a Chinese lunar lander, scientists said. […]



Scientists engineer shortcut for photosynthetic glitch, boost crop growth by 40 percent

January 16th, 2019 at 12:27 pm » Comments Off

Aerial view of the 2017 field trials where scientists studied how well their plants modified to shortcut photorespiration performed beside unmodified plants in real-world conditions. They found that plants engineered with a synthetic shortcut are about 40 percent more productive. Credit: James Baltz/College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences Plants convert sunlight into energy through […]



Chinese PhDs and MBAs give up city life for farming, driven by desire to improve agriculture and livelihoods

December 22nd, 2018 at 1:26 pm » Comments Off

Millions of educated Chinese have left cities to become farmers, inspired to change agriculture or disenchanted with the pressures of urban life They practise organic farming and water conservation, hoping to set an example for fellow farmers, and revive traditional technique



With Personal Food Computers, nerd farmers are finding the best way to grow

November 28th, 2018 at 12:32 pm » Comments Off

I’m Caleb Harper, principal investigator and director of the Open Agriculture initiative at the MIT Media Lab. Kent Larson courtesy of MIT Media Lab In his book Tomatoland: How Modern Industrial Agriculture Destroyed Our Most Alluring Fruit, Barry Estabrook details how grocery store tomatoes are both less nutritious and delicious than those grown decades ago. […]



Why sun-grown cannabis will make the marijuana industry greener and richer

November 27th, 2018 at 1:22 pm » Comments Off

The future of cannabis cultivation isn’t in massive grow facilities with high-tech lights and complex temperature control systems. It’s out in the open air, according to proponents of the sun-grown movement. The sun-grown movement is being led by companies like Flow Kana, who consider outdoor cultivation essential to the sustainability of the cannabis industry. Embracing […]



Novameat’s 3D-printed ‘steak’ looks gross, but could it save the planet?

November 27th, 2018 at 11:40 am » Comments Off

Does your mouth water at the prospect of a nice juicy steak? How about a nice juicy 3D-printed steak, made using a paste composed of vegetable-based materials like rice, peas, and seaweed? That’s what a new Spanish startup, Novameat, is working hard to bring to market. “I developed the first 3D-printed plant-based beefsteak while I […]



Millennials are disrupting Thanksgiving with their tiny turkeys

November 22nd, 2018 at 4:28 am » Comments Off

Millennials kill again. The latest victim? Big Thanksgiving turkeys. Tiny turkeys are gaining popularity. Small birds are having a big moment. Tiny turkeys will increasingly grace Thanksgiving tables next week, thanks to the millennial generation’s ongoing campaign to remake American gastronomy. The holiday depicted by Norman Rockwell-Grandma showing off a cooked bird so plump it weighs […]



Next generation of biotech food heading for grocery stores

November 22nd, 2018 at 4:17 am » Comments Off

WASHINGTON (AP) — The next generation of biotech food is headed for the grocery aisles, and first up may be salad dressings or granola bars made with soybean oil genetically tweaked to be good for your heart. By early next year, the first foods from plants or animals that had their DNA “edited” are expected […]



How small robots may kill the tractor and make farming efficient

November 19th, 2018 at 12:40 pm » Comments Off

The Bristol-based Small Robot Company has created a series of agile robots for farming. By being customisable they could help to replace the tractor Agriculture has a reputation of being stuck in the past. In reality, for farmers, their workplaces are a fertile testbed for innovative technology – they were among the first to embrace […]



AI is already changing the agriculture landscape – starting with strawberries

November 10th, 2018 at 10:10 am » Comments Off

Meet Agrobot, an autonomous robotic harvester that’s poised to revolutionize the agriculture industry. Agrobot works with the world’s leading farmers to automate berry harvesting through the power of artificial intelligence. Agrobot uses deep learning to determine when to pick fruit at its ripest. Up to 24 robotic arms grip and cut the fruit from its […]



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