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
Jan. 20, 2021 ~6 min

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

Technique could enable cheaper fertilizer production

Chemical engineers take a step toward generating ammonia with small-scale, electrochemical reactors.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
May 4, 2020 ~7 min

Engineers develop precision injection system for plants

Microneedles made of silk-based material can target plant tissues for delivery of micronutrients, hormones, or genes.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
April 26, 2020 ~7 min

New sensor could help prevent food waste

Monitoring the plant hormone ethylene could reveal when fruits and vegetables are about to spoil.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
March 18, 2020 ~7 min

How plants protect themselves from sun damage

Study reveals a mechanism that plants can use to dissipate excess sunlight as heat.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
March 10, 2020 ~7 min

Coated seeds may enable agriculture on marginal lands

A specialized silk covering could protect seeds from salinity while also providing fertilizer-generating microbes.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
Nov. 25, 2019 ~6 min

SMART discovers nondisruptive way to characterize the surface of nanoparticles

New method overcomes limitations of existing chemical procedures and may accelerate nanoengineering of materials.

Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology • mit
Nov. 12, 2019 ~3 min

J-WAFS zeroes in on food security as agricultural impacts of the climate crisis become more apparent

The Abdul Latif Jameel Water and Food Systems Lab presents a new report on climate, agriculture, water, and food security — with plans for more research.

Andi Sutton | Abdul Latif Jameel Water and Food Systems Lab • mit
Oct. 30, 2019 ~8 min

Students present mechanical engineering projects that have global impact

At the sixth annual Mechanical Engineering Research Exhibition, graduate students and postdocs sharpen their communication and presentation skills.

Mary Beth Gallagher | Department of Mechanical Engineering • mit
Oct. 29, 2019 ~9 min

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