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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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 • mit
Nov. 13, 2019 ~7 min

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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

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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 • mit
Aug. 22, 2019 ~6 min

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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 • mit
June 21, 2019 ~6 min

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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

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