If we could make the process more efficient, scientists estimate we could increase yields by 36 to 60 percent. What if we ended up with 50% more rice and wheat by using the same amount of water and fertilizer? Sound impossible? No, just some chemistry and genetic engineering. Scientists have recently figured out the second […]
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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 […]
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)
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 […]
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 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 […]
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.
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.
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.
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 […]