“World Avoided” model charts climate cost if we’d ignored ozone hole

It’s easy to feel hopeless in the face of climate change, but it’s not too late to do something about it – after all, we’ve stepped up to similar challenges before. New modeling shows just how much worse the situation would be if CFCs hadn’t been banne… Continue reading “World Avoided” model charts climate cost if we’d ignored ozone hole

Engineered plants’ roots turn red when helpful fungi show up

While you might think that it’s best to keep crops fungus-free, there are some fungi that actually help plants grow. In order to better observe that relationship, scientists have created plants with roots that turn red when infiltrated by beneficial fu… Continue reading Engineered plants’ roots turn red when helpful fungi show up

Simple RNA tweak boosts potato and rice yields by 50 percent

Food security is a major potential problem, especially in the face of climate change. Now, researchers have shown that manipulating RNA in plants can drastically boost the amount of food they produce, and make them more resistant to drought conditions…. Continue reading Simple RNA tweak boosts potato and rice yields by 50 percent

World-first CRISPR-edited sugarcane helps reduce environmental impact

Sugarcane is an important food crop, but it’s large environmental impact means there’s plenty of room for improvement. Unfortunately it’s tricky and time-consuming to breed new varieties, but now researchers have used CRISPR gene-editing to do so quick… Continue reading World-first CRISPR-edited sugarcane helps reduce environmental impact

Study confirms that beef and its substitutes differ nutritionally

Given how meat-like some plant-based meat substitutes have become, it’s understandable that many people are considering simply switching over to them. According to new research, however, the two food types are far from being nutritionally identical.Con… Continue reading Study confirms that beef and its substitutes differ nutritionally

Grass could find use as a template for more appealing lab-grown meat

While lab-grown meat does show promise as a more ethical and sustainable alternative to its traditional counterpart, its texture currently isn’t very life-like and therefore not all that appetizing. There may be new hope on the horizon, though, in the … Continue reading Grass could find use as a template for more appealing lab-grown meat

Aspirin shown to help native grasses grow on restored land

When restoring former industrial or agricultural land back to its natural state, it’s vitally important to reestablish ground cover plants such as native grasses. According to a new study, the addition of aspirin helps those grasses grow.Continue Readi… Continue reading Aspirin shown to help native grasses grow on restored land

AquaDust gel reveals water levels of plant leaves

If you want to know how much water a plant is taking up, one of the best places to look is in its leaves. A new material known as AquaDust could help scientists more easily do so, without harming the plant.Continue ReadingCategory: ScienceTags: Cornell… Continue reading AquaDust gel reveals water levels of plant leaves

Genetically engineered potato plant “glows” in response to stress

One of the challenges of farming lies in the fact that by the time plants appear to be diseased or otherwise stressed, it may already be too late to address the problem. A new type of potato, however, is designed to warn farmers by fluorescing at the e… Continue reading Genetically engineered potato plant “glows” in response to stress

Tiny harvester designed to draw chemicals straight from plant cells

Imagine if in order to get apple juice, the whole tree had to be ground up, and then the juice had to be separated from everything else. Well, that’s kind of how things currently are with therapeutic plant extracts … but perhaps not for much longer, th… Continue reading Tiny harvester designed to draw chemicals straight from plant cells