Could lab-grown plant tissue ease the environmental toll of logging and agriculture?

MIT researchers grow structures made of wood-like plant cells in a lab, hinting at the possibility of more efficient biomaterials production.

Daniel Ackerman | MIT News Office • mit
yesterday ~6 min

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Mutant roots reveal how we can grow crops in damaged soils

Researchers have unearthed a 'biological switch' which could boost crop yield worldwide.

Sacha Mooney, Professor in Soil Physics and Director of the Hounsfield Facility at the University of Nottingham, University of Nottingham • conversation
Jan. 14, 2021 ~7 min

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Coffee: here's the carbon cost of your daily cup – and how to make it climate-friendly

The process that brought you your morning latte could have produced half a kilogram of CO₂.

Carmen Nab, PhD Candidate in Environmental Science, UCL • conversation
Jan. 4, 2021 ~5 min

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The daily grind: how to cut carbon emissions from coffee by 77%

The process that brought you your morning latte could have produced half a kilogram of CO₂.

Carmen Nab, PhD Candidate in Environmental Science, UCL • conversation
Jan. 4, 2021 ~5 min

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Almost 90% of the world's animal species will lose some habitat to agriculture by 2050

Our research shows we could feed the world sustainably – but conservation will have to become a lot more proactive.

Michael Clark, Postdoctoral Researcher, Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food, University of Oxford • conversation
Dec. 21, 2020 ~7 min

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Gene edit could get oil from plant leaves

New research with CRISPR suggests vegetable oil could come from the leaves of plants like sorghum or soybeans.

Austin Fitzgerald-Missouri • futurity
Dec. 18, 2020 ~4 min

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Demand for meat is driving deforestation in Brazil – changing the soy industry could stop it

Deforestation in Brazil recently reached a 12-year high, prompting France to cut soybean imports from the country.

Malika Virah-Sawmy, Visiting Scientist, Humboldt University of Berlin • conversation
Dec. 17, 2020 ~7 min

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Vanilla genome may lead to better beans

Researchers have sequenced the DNA of a variety of vanilla plants with hopes the information can help create tougher, better crops.

Lourdes Rodriguez • futurity
Dec. 15, 2020 ~6 min

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SMART researchers engineer a plant-based sensor to monitor arsenic levels in soil

Nanoscale devices integrated into the leaves of living plants can detect the toxic heavy metal in real time.

Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology • mit
Dec. 13, 2020 ~9 min

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Is lab-grown meat good news for animals?

Singapore has approved 'chicken bites' containing meat grown in vitro. But not all animal advocates are happy about this.

Josh Milburn, British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow, Philosophy, University of Sheffield • conversation
Dec. 8, 2020 ~6 min

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