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 | Nov. 25, 2019 | mit
~6 mins   

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

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 | Nov. 12, 2019 | mit
~3 mins   

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

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 | Oct. 30, 2019 | mit
~8 mins   

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

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 | Oct. 29, 2019 | mit
~9 mins   

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

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 | May 30, 2019 | mit
~6 mins   

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

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 | May 3, 2019 | mit
~9 mins   

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


MIT spinout seeks to transform food safety testing

An affordable, easy-to-use handheld sensor, soon to enter the market, can indicate the presence of bacterial contaminants in food in seconds.

Andi Sutton | Abdul Latif Jameel Water and Food Systems Lab | April 9, 2019 | mit
~8 mins   

Tags: agriculture food mechanical-engineering supply-chains technology-and-society sustainability research invention startups chemistry biological-engineering collaboration j-wafs innovation-and-entrepreneurship-ie school-of-science school-of-engineering bacteria

The future of agriculture is computerized

Machine learning can reveal optimal growing conditions to maximize taste and other features.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office | April 3, 2019 | mit
~9 mins   

Tags: research media-lab agriculture school-of-architecture-and-planning artificial-intelligence machine-learning plants

An easier way to engineer plants

MIT-led team uses nanoparticles to deliver genes into plant chloroplasts.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office | Feb. 25, 2019 | mit
~7 mins   

Tags: research chemical-engineering plants agriculture dna genetics nanoscience-and-nanotechnology school-of-engineering

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