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Researchers grow heart tissue on spinach leaves

April 8th, 2017 at 10:00 am » Comments Off

In this sequence, a spinach leaf is stripped of its plant cells, a process called decellularization, using a detergent. The process leaves behind the leaf’s vasculature. Researchers at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) were able to culture beating human heart cells on such decelluralized leaves. Credit: Worcester Polytechnic Institute Researchers face a fundamental challenge as they […]



Cyborg Roses Could Be Used To Grow Computer Systems

March 24th, 2017 at 11:00 am » Comments Off

Imagine you could inject a special, electrically conductive fluid into a rose, which then spreads out through the plant and grows into it. Imagine creating an entire garden or forest of cyborg plants that act as a gigantic, biological computer network. Well, imagine no more – scientists from Sweden’s Linköping University have successfully managed to […]



Ikea just launched a DIY flat-pack indoor garden that can feed a whole lot of people at once

March 10th, 2017 at 12:26 pm » Comments Off

Swedish architects Mads-Ulrik Husum and Sine Lindholm collaborated with Space10, Ikea’s innovation lab, to design a piece of living furniture that can feed quite a few people, from the looks of it. Called the Growroom, it’s a flat-pack spherical garden that grows plants, veggies, and herbs. “Standing tall as a spherical garden, it empowers people to grow […]



A glimpse into farming IoT

January 5th, 2017 at 12:27 pm » Comments Off

There may be no industry better suited for the IoT than agriculture, because every farm varies just a little from its next-door neighbor. Soil fertility, elevation, ground slope, moisture content — the list goes on and on — all make a difference. If you could collect data on all that stuff, it might make the difference […]



Nanobionic spinach plants detect explosives

November 3rd, 2016 at 12:17 pm » Comments Off

Spinach is no longer just a superfood. By embedding leaves with carbon nanotubes, MIT engineers have transformed spinach plants into sensors that can detect explosives and wirelessly relay that information to a handheld device similar to a smartphone. After sensing dangerous chemicals, the carbon-nanotube-enhanced plants send an alert.



IKEA wants to help restaurants build their own indoor farms

June 27th, 2016 at 3:35 pm » Comments Off

The furniture chain is getting into the sustainable farming industry, one restaurant kitchen at a time. Swedish home furnishing giant IKEA is known for its simple, affordable furniture that populates dorm rooms and studio apartments across the country. Now, the furniture chain is hoping to get into the sustainable farming industry, one restaurant kitchen at […]



Monsanto is cultivating a rose that won’t wilt

May 31st, 2016 at 9:27 am » Comments Off

Monsanto is using a genetic technology that can feed plants through vase water for anti-aging technology for flowers . The St. Louis biotech company, known for its transgenic corn and soybeans, and for being the target of anti-GMO campaigners, disclosed in a patent application that it’s now testing a new way of stopping roses, carnations, and petunias from […]



Japanese automated farm expanding in size and types of vegetables

May 19th, 2016 at 12:38 pm » Comments Off

Spread, a Japanese company in the agricultural industry, is expanding into the 21st century. Spread’s automated vertical farm has gained it a lot of fame and now it looks to open new locations and grow new kinds of produce. Vertical farming is quickly emerging across the world and some are even moving into supermarket’s produce […]



Under your feet is an information superhighway made of fungi

May 3rd, 2016 at 5:11 pm » Comments Off

Mushroom bodies are made of a mass of thin thread called mycelium. Mycelium acts as an information superhighway that speeds up interaction, of a diverse population and plants. But just as our networks are not always safe, these fungi networks too have a dark side of plants using the networks to their advantage.



Skyfarms, Wind-powered, vertical structures, are the future of agriculture

April 15th, 2016 at 11:34 am » Comments Off

The future of farming is coming to the big city. Skyfarm, a hyperboloid tower that combines different farming techniques, from aquaponics to traditional soil based methods, in a bamboo structure that generates wind energy, won an award at the 2014 World Architecture Festival’s Future Projects Experimental category. The design was praised by the jury as a “thorough, […]



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