Win-win REALM tech grows microalgae which purifies greenhouse runoff

While greenhouses produce wastewater that may contain pollutants, microalgae-growing operations require a source of water – which is scarce in many regions. A new project aims to address both problems, by growing water-purifying algae in readily availa… Continue reading Win-win REALM tech grows microalgae which purifies greenhouse runoff

Study suggests pocket gophers may be the only other mammal that farms

When we think of our fellow plant-eating mammals, we tend to picture them just eating whatever they find while foraging. According to new research, however, the pocket gopher actually farms its food … and it’s the only non-human mammal to do so.Continu… Continue reading Study suggests pocket gophers may be the only other mammal that farms

Crop-monitoring Solix agri-bot headed for field trials

Farmers could be spared a lot of work and expense – plus the environment could be spared a lot of harmful chemicals – if crops didn’t have to be sprayed indiscriminately. The new plant-inspecting Solix robot was designed with those facts in mind.Contin… Continue reading Crop-monitoring Solix agri-bot headed for field trials

Modified John Deere makes tracks as world’s first ammonia-fueled tractor

Interest is growing in alternative fuel sources for tractors that help sidestep heavy diesel pollution, and given its widespread use as agricultural fertilizer, ammonia might just be a prime candidate. Brooklyn-based startup Amogy has broken important … Continue reading Modified John Deere makes tracks as world’s first ammonia-fueled tractor

Autonomous drones show promise for shooing birds away from crops

Birds regularly eat large quantities of crops, and often become accustomed to stationary devices designed to scare them away. That’s why scientists are now looking at using autonomous drones to do the job.Continue ReadingCategory: Drones, TechnologyTag… Continue reading Autonomous drones show promise for shooing birds away from crops

Mobile system treats crop seeds using electrons instead of fungicides

Because seeds may contain yield-reducing fungi, bacteria or viruses, they’re often chemically treated before they’re sold to farmers. A new mobile system, however, substitutes microbe-killing electrons for harsh and eco-unfriendly chemicals.Continue Re… Continue reading Mobile system treats crop seeds using electrons instead of fungicides

FBI warns agricultural sector of heightened risk of ransomware attacks

The agricultural sector has been hit by a rising number of costly ransomware attacks.

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Maze-like material keeps even the smallest insects from reaching crops

Instead of using insecticides, farmers will sometimes cover their plants with a mesh fabric. A new such material has now been developed, which keeps out a wider range of bugs while still allowing crops to get enough sunlight and water.Continue ReadingC… Continue reading Maze-like material keeps even the smallest insects from reaching crops