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

Microparticles could help fight malnutrition

New strategy for encapsulating nutrients makes it easier to fortify foods with iron and vitamin A.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office | Nov. 13, 2019 | mit
~7 mins   

Tags: research chemical-engineering food developing-countries poverty koch-institute school-of-engineering

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

Study links certain metabolites to stem cell function in the intestine

Molecules called ketone bodies may improve stem cells’ ability to regenerate new intestinal tissue.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office | Aug. 22, 2019 | mit
~6 mins   

Tags: research biology disease stem-cells food cancer koch-institute school-of-science national-institutes-of-health-nih

A new way to mix oil and water

Condensation-based method developed at MIT could create stable nanoscale emulsions.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office | June 21, 2019 | mit
~6 mins   

Tags: research food nanoscience-and-nanotechnology mechanical-engineering materials-science-and-engineering manufacturing school-of-engineering

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

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

Local rocks can yield more crops

J-WAFS-funded MIT research team shows a new method of fertilizer production can better suit the needs of farms in Africa and around the globe.

Andi Sutton | Abdul Latif Jameel World Water and Food Systems Lab | Feb. 12, 2019 | mit
~9 mins   

Tags: water food agriculture climate-change school-of-engineering materials-science-and-engineering technology-and-society sustainability research pollution africa environment developing-countries j-wafs dmse

Understanding how plants use sunlight

Studies of how photoprotection works at the molecular level may provide a pathway to more biomass and crops.

Nancy W. Stauffer | MIT Energy Initiative | Dec. 4, 2018 | mit
~14 mins   

Tags: energy research chemistry food sustainability solar biology biochemistry mit-energy-initiative

3 Questions: Catherine Nikiel on tackling global climate change at the regional scale

The civil and environmental engineering PhD student investigates the effects of climate change in the Midwest.

Taylor De Leon | Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering | Nov. 29, 2018 | mit
~6 mins   

Tags: school-of-engineering civil-and-environmental-engineering climate-change global-warming research 3-questions students graduate graduate postdoctoral agriculture food

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