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

Tags: energy agriculture research school-of-engineering national-science-foundation-nsf developing-countries mit-energy-initiative chemical-engineering j-wafs

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

Tags: sustainability bacteria agriculture biology food plants microbes research school-of-engineering school-of-science national-science-foundation-nsf civil-and-environmental-engineering developing-countries

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

Tags: chemistry agriculture food research carbon-nanotubes school-of-science national-science-foundation-nsf nanoscience-and-nanotechnology

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

Tags: chemistry agriculture food plants research school-of-science department-of-energy-doe

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

Tags: sustainability bacteria agriculture food plants microbes research school-of-engineering civil-and-environmental-engineering developing-countries

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

Tags: imaging agriculture research school-of-engineering nanoscience-and-nanotechnology chemical-engineering singapore-mit-alliance-for-research-and-technology-smart

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

Tags: sustainability climate-change agriculture food water research j-wafs

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

Tags: education teaching agriculture graduate research invention community students mechanical-engineering school-of-engineering alumniae special-events-and-guest-speakers biological-engineering academics desalination postdoctoral j-wafs

Empowering African farmers with data

Research from the Institute for Data, Systems, and Society aims to help African farmers increase their production and profits with better prediction.

Scott Murray | Institute for Data, Systems, and Society • mit
May 30, 2019 ~6 min

Tags: africa funding agriculture economics food data research school-of-engineering collaboration idss

Six suborbital research payloads from MIT fly to space and back

Space Exploration Initiative research aboard Blue Origin’s New Shepard experiment capsule crossed the Karman line for three minutes of sustained microgravity.

Stephanie Strom | MIT Media Lab • mit
May 3, 2019 ~9 min

Tags: space architecture agriculture manufacturing industry arts research media-lab school-of-architecture-and-planning aeronautical-and-astronautical-engineering materials-science-and-engineering astronomy-and-planetary-science

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