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    The Engine announces investments in first group of startups

    Original @ MIT News – Aeronautical and astronautical engineering New venture launched by MIT will support “tough-tech” companies at work on transformative ideas that take time to commercialize. [...]

    Weed cover in olive orchards enhances the ecosystem’s capacity as a CO2 sink

    Original @ – latest science and technology news stories Scientists at the University of Granada (UGR) studied the effects and benefits of maintaining weed cover in olive grove soil. In a recently published article in the journal Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, the scientists showed that over a year… [...]

    The time is RIPE to transform agriculture and feed the world

    Original @ – latest science and technology news stories Political and agricultural leaders gathered at the University of Illinois today to see transformative work by Realizing Increased Photosynthetic Efficiency (RIPE) that has increased yields by 20 percent. The research project announced that it will continue work to address the global food challenge with the support of a $45 million, five-year reinvestment from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR), and the U.K. Department for International Development (DFID). [...]

    Secrets of Bonsai: Uncovering the mechanism of root regeneration

    Original @ – latest science and technology news stories The molecular mechanism behind root regeneration after root cutting in plants has been discovered. A finding which could lead to the development of new methods for regulating plant growth in agriculture and horticulture. [...]

    Syngenta chief calls for debate on ‘sustainable agriculture’

    Original @ – latest science and technology news stories Swiss agrochemicals giant Syngenta, recently taken over by ChemChina, said there should be a wide-scale debate on what constitutes “sustainable agriculture” in face of a number of current controversies over pesticides. [...]

    Agriculture and health sectors collaborate to address population health

    Original @ Medical Xpress – latest medical and health news stories In at least 18 states around the United States, academic health science centers are partnering with cooperative extension systems to better address population health. A new report describes how these agricultural and health entities are using complemen… [...]

    Zero-burning policy hurts small farmers – a flexible approach is needed

    Original @ – latest science and technology news stories To tackle the ongoing disaster of fires and haze that harm human health and the environment, since 2014 the Indonesian government has strictly banned the use of fire to clear peatland areas for agriculture. [...]

    Answer to bacterial antibiotic resistance may be found in plants

    Original @ – latest science and technology news stories Bacterial resistance to antibiotics is an ever-growing problem for healthcare, agriculture and hygiene, thanks to their indiscriminate and often excessive use. [...]

    Desert locusts—new risks in the light of climate change

    Original @ – latest science and technology news stories The desert locust is an invasive species that is both well known and feared because of the large-scale agricultural damage it can cause. It is particularly closely monitored to prevent the risks of outbreaks and invasions. Climate change could modify i… [...]

    J-WAFS awards commercialization grants to develop technologies for water and food solutions

    Original @ MIT News – Bioengineering and biotechnology Three new projects and two renewals receive J-WAFS Solutions grant funding for 2017-2018. [...]