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

Nanosensor can alert a smartphone when plants are stressed

Carbon nanotubes embedded in leaves detect chemical signals that are produced when a plant is damaged.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
April 15, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: carbon plants research carbon-nanotubes school-of-engineering nanoscience-and-nanotechnology chemical-engineering department-of-energy-doe singapore-mit-alliance-for-research-and-technology-smart

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

Making real a biotechnology dream: nitrogen-fixing cereal crops

Voigt Lab's work could eventually replace cereal crops’ need for nitrogen from chemical fertilizers.

Lisa Miller | Abdul Latif Jameel Water and Food Systems Lab • mit
Jan. 10, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: bacteria water plants genetic-engineering research school-of-engineering biological-engineering j-wafs

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

Uncovering the riches of traditional global medicine

Researchers solve how the kava plant produces its pain-relieving and anti-anxiety molecules, demonstrate an extensible method to scale and optimize production.

Greta Friar | Whitehead Institute • mit
July 23, 2019 ~7 min

Tags: evolution health genetics mental-health biology plants research school-of-science national-science-foundation-nsf whitehead-institute

Ambient plant illumination could light the way for greener buildings

Collaboration between MIT architect and chemical engineer could be at the center of new sustainable infrastructure for buildings.

Becky Ham | MIT News correspondent • mit
May 9, 2019 ~9 min

Tags: sustainability arts plants awards research renewable-energy design school-of-architecture-and-planning school-of-engineering nanoscience-and-nanotechnology chemical-engineering honors-and-fellowships

The future of agriculture is computerized

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

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

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

An easier way to engineer plants

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

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

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

How plants expand their capacity to use solar energy

Research from the lab of assistant professor of chemistry Gabriela Schlau-Cohen advances the understanding of plants' photosynthetic machinery.

Danielle Randall Doughty | Department of Chemistry • mit
Feb. 6, 2019 ~2 min

Tags: chemistry agriculture plants photosynthesis research school-of-science

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