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

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

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

Improving crop yields while conserving resources

PhD student Julia Sokol is helping develop drip irrigation technologies that allow farmers to save water and energy.

Mary Beth O'Leary | Department of Mechanical Engineering | Dec. 20, 2018 | mit
~5 mins   

Tags: graduate postdoctoral students profile agriculture sustainability research mechanical-engineering school-of-engineering developing-countries water

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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