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RoboBees will pollinate crops instead of real bees

August 8th, 2014 at 3:58 pm » Comments Off

As soon as 10 years from now these RoboBees could artificially pollinate a field of crops. Honeybees pollinate nearly one-third of the food we eat but they have been dying at unprecedented rates because of a mysterious phenomenon known as colony collapse disorder (CCD). The situation is so dire that in late June the White House gave a new […]



World’s first artificial leaf that converts water and light into oxygen

August 6th, 2014 at 11:30 am » Comments Off

The man-made leaf could help us breathe in space. Lack of oxygen throughout the universe is one of the persistent challenges of manned space exploration. Trees and other plant life do us a real solid by taking in our bad breath and changing it back to clean, sweet O2 here on Earth. (Video)    



New LED light technology sheds light on the future of food

July 23rd, 2014 at 8:41 am » Comments Off

LED growing lights, delivering sunlight whatever the weather. This century, the challenges of growing enough food to feed the world have grown more severe. We need to feed more people with limited agricultural land and resources. We need to make better use of land, light and logistics for an increasingly urban population. And we need to […]



‘Prescriptive planting’ technology is set to disrupt the farming industry

May 29th, 2014 at 10:43 am » Comments Off

Tractor-mounted computers help farmers make decisions about planting crops. The word innovation usually brings to mind small startups doing clever things with cutting-edge technology. But it is also vital in large, long-established industries—and they do not come much larger or older than agriculture. Farmers can be terrible managers, so it is no surprise that they […]



Toshiba’s new vegetable factory to bring perfect produce to Japan

May 26th, 2014 at 8:55 am » Comments Off

Toshiba plant factory When you hear the name Toshiba, you probably think about electronics products like televisions and computers. Thanks to its CT and other diagnostic imaging machines and technology, Toshiba has made a name for itself in the healthcare industry, too. Now, the company wants to go further to promote their healthcare initiatives, by introducing 100 percent pesticide-free […]



Nasa tests growing lettuce in space

May 11th, 2014 at 8:16 am » Comments Off

A plant growth chamber designed to make gardens thrive in weightlessness. NASA scientists believe they may have found a solution to how to grow vegetables in space. It could bring an end to astronauts on the space station subsisting largely on a diet of pre-packaged dehydrated food.    



Top 15 emerging agriculture technologies that will change the world

May 7th, 2014 at 12:16 pm » Comments Off

Automation will help agriculture via large-scale robotic and microrobots. Below are 15 emerging technologies related to agricultural and natural manufacturing under four key areas of accelerating change: Sensors, Food, Automation and Engineering.    



Tokyo’s urban train stations turned into farms in an effort to ‘green the city’

March 27th, 2014 at 9:23 am » Comments Off

Soradofarms When you think of Tokyo you you think of smog and skyscrapers, and people, lots of people – you don’t really think of green spaces.  But in an effort to ‘green the city’, officials have given up the space on the roof train stations to make community gardens.    



Bionic plants use nanotechnology to boost photosynthesis

March 20th, 2014 at 10:39 am » Comments Off

Researchers embedded carbon nanotubes in the chloroplasts of the plants to create “artificial antennae.” Plants make life possible. Chloroplasts are the tiny organelles with a plant’s leaves. The chloroplasts use incoming sunlight to split water molecules and then knit together the energy-rich carbon and hydrogen compounds found in everything from food to fossil fuels. The […]



‘Doomsday vault’ keeps over 800,000 plant species on ice

March 18th, 2014 at 11:36 am » Comments Off

Svalbard Global Seed Vault The Svalbard Global Seed Vault, or “doomsday vault,” on a remote Norwegian island in the Arctic Circle took its first deposits in March 2008. The vault’s builders had spent some $7 million and 12 months blasting a tunnel and three chambers into the mountainside’s hard permafrost. To be stored within? Treasure. […]



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