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

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 | July 23, 2019 | mit
~7 mins   

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

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 | May 9, 2019 | mit
~9 mins   

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

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

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 | Feb. 6, 2019 | mit
~2 mins   

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

Cracking a tough case

Whitehead Institute and MIT researchers uncover the detailed molecular structure of the sporopollenin polymer, an inert material key for the emergence of land plants.

Greta Friar | Whitehead Institute | Dec. 17, 2018 | mit
~7 mins   

Tags: school-of-science chemistry biology department-of-energy-doe evolution research whitehead-institute biochemistry plants

Engineers create plants that glow | MIT News

Illumination from nanobionic plants might one day replace some electrical lighting.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office | Dec. 12, 2017
~6 mins |

Tags:  research  plants  nanoscience-and-nanotechnology  chemical-engineering  school-of-engineering  department-of-energy-doe

Sensors applied to plant leaves warn of water shortage | MIT News

Electronic circuits reveal when a plant begins to experience drought conditions.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office | Nov. 8, 2017
~6 mins |

Tags:  research  chemical-engineering  plants  agriculture  nanoscience-and-nanotechnology  school-of-engineering  department-of-energy-doe

Finding the root cause of plant resilience | MIT News

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering welcomes plant ecologist Dave Des Marais to the MIT faculty.

Carolyn Schmitt | Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering | Oct. 10, 2017
~6 mins |

Tags:  civil-and-environmental-engineering  faculty  food  school-of-engineering  biology  plants  profile  environment

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