Sundew-inspired spray may turn crop plants into pest-catchers

Inspired by a carnivorous plant, scientists have created a sticky spray that could kill pest insects as effectively as traditional toxic pesticides. And what’s more, it’s derived from plain ol’ vegetable oil.Continue ReadingCategory: ScienceTags: Wagen… Continue reading Sundew-inspired spray may turn crop plants into pest-catchers

Superfood protein pulled out of thin air massively scales up production

The world’s first commercial-scale factory for making nutrient-rich and versatile protein from air and sustainable energy has opened its doors in Finland, and the startup behind it aims to have its microbe-made food out in the US later this year. Solar… Continue reading Superfood protein pulled out of thin air massively scales up production

“Sentinel plants” could save crops via stress sensors in leaves

Specially tagged “sentinel plants” could soon provide an early warning of crop problems such as insect damage or bacterial infection. These plants would utilize two “glowing” sensors that react to stress-related compounds in the leaves.Continue Reading… Continue reading “Sentinel plants” could save crops via stress sensors in leaves

Eco-friendly agricultural gel replaces toxic pesticides with worms

A worm-filled gel has been shown to protect crops from pests, without the use of environmentally-unfriendly pesticides. Its not-so-secret ingredient is scores of tiny nematodes, which ordinarily can’t survive outside of their underground habitat.Contin… Continue reading Eco-friendly agricultural gel replaces toxic pesticides with worms

Scientists boost yields by sprinkling CO2-capturing rock dust on fields

The application of crushed rock to farmers’ fields may not only reduce greenhouse gases, it could also boost crop yields by up to 16%. These are the findings of a new study conducted by scientists from the University of Sheffield’s Leverhulme Centre fo… Continue reading Scientists boost yields by sprinkling CO2-capturing rock dust on fields

Scientists look to leaves for longer roots on better crops

A new technique may make it easier to selectively breed crop plants for better, deeper roots. The non-destructive process involves quickly checking a plant’s leaves to see how far down its roots go into the soil.Continue ReadingCategory: ScienceTags: P… Continue reading Scientists look to leaves for longer roots on better crops

Algae-gene-boosted crop plants grow better by using more light

Thanks to a recent discovery regarding marine algae, scientists have developed crop plants that absorb a fuller spectrum of sunlight, resulting in better growth. The finding could also lead to increased production of biofuels.Continue ReadingCategory: … Continue reading Algae-gene-boosted crop plants grow better by using more light

Study suggests red netting is best at protecting crops from insects

When it comes to protecting crops via insect-blocking netting, you may think that the size of the holes in that netting is the most important factor. According to new research, however, the color of red netting makes an even bigger difference in effect… Continue reading Study suggests red netting is best at protecting crops from insects

Scientists grow beef cells in rice to make new protein-rich space food

In a move that will make some stomachs growl and others turn, Korean scientists have taken muscle and fat stem cells from cows and transplanted them into grains of rice. The end result is a new, high-protein food that should be cheap, environmentally f… Continue reading Scientists grow beef cells in rice to make new protein-rich space food

New type of cherry tomato self-dries while still on the vine

Much as we may like sun-dried tomatoes, they’re typically pretreated with sulfur dioxide or salt before the drying process, which may actually be carried out in an oven. By contrast, a new type of cherry tomato has been selectively bred to dry right on… Continue reading New type of cherry tomato self-dries while still on the vine