Drought-resistant corn effectively uses available water

Scientists lead effort to develop drought-proof crops

Gene network lets plant roots handle nitrogen

Biodegradable microbeads replaces harmful plastic ones that contribute to ocean pollution

Scientists and engineers from the University of Bath (UBath) have developed biodegradable cellulose microbeads from a sustainable source that could potentially replace harmful plastic ones that contribute to ocean pollution. Microbeads are little spheres of plastic less than 0.5 mm in size that are added to personal care and cleaning products including cosmetics, sunscreens and fillers to give them a smooth texture. However, they are too small to be removed by sewage filtration systems and so end up in rivers and oceans, where they are ingested by birds, fish and other marine life. It is estimated that a single shower can result in 100,000 plastic particles entering the ocean, contributing to the eight million tonnes of plastic that enters the ocean every year. It is feared that the particles could enter the food chain, harming wildlife but also potentially ending up in food.

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New robots for use in farming and agriculture

Scientists of the University of Sydney (UniSyd) focusing on developing robots for use in farming and agriculture. Professor of Robotics and Intelligent Systems Salah Sukkarieh at the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies leads a team that is developing robotic devices with the ability to autonomously sense, analyse and respond to their own surroundings. With the Asia-Pacific region's lack of arable land, water, and infrastructure countries in the region are looking toward Australia for farming and agriculture solutions. There is a big drive at the moment to conceptualise the future of Australian agriculture in terms of a 'food bowl' supplying the vast Asian market. But says Professor Sukkarieh labor costs and technology will restrict Australia's ability to meet the associated increase in demand for fresh produce. This is where automation can help. Scientists can use it to increase efficiency and yield, by having many of the manual tasks of farming performed by specially designed agricultural robotic devices.

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Researchers generate plants with enhanced drought resistance without penalizing growth

A team led by Professor Ana Caño-Delgado at the Center for Research in Agricultural Genomics (CRAG) has obtained plants with increased drought resistance by modifying the signaling of the plant steroid hormones, known as brassinosteroids. This study is the first to find to find a strategy to increase hydric stress resistance without affecting overall plant growth. The researchers have studied drought resistance and growth in Arabidopsis thaliana plants with mutations in different brassinosteroid receptors. Thanks to this detailed study, researchers have discovered that plants that over-express the BRL3 brassinosteroid receptor in the vascular tissue are more resistant to the lack of water than control plants and that, unlike the other mutants, they do not present defects in their development and growth.

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Nanoparticles that help crops absorb fertilizers

Light green plants save nitrogen without sacrificing photosynthetic efficiency

Invisible light for monitoring crop photosynthesis

A new method to monitor indoor crop health

A light-based tool to assess plant health quickly, accurately, and inexpensively has been developed by Dr. Robert Ferl and colleagues at the University of Florida Space Plants Lab (UFlorida). Scientists are using the single-image normalized difference vegetation index (SI-NDVI), a popular metric of plant health and photosynthetic rate originally developed for satellite-based monitoring of plant growth, to monitor crop health in indoor farming conditions. SI-NDVI allowed detection of stress signatures before stress was visible to the naked eye, proving the technique can be useful whether plants are grown in space or right here on Earth. NDVI proved to be an interesting starting point for the project simply because there is a large dataset and collective understanding that underpins the idea of using different spectral components to understand plant health.

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Flexible lithium battery for wearable electronics

The rapid development of flexible and wearable electronics is giving rise to an exciting range of applications, from smart watches and flexible displays - such as smart phones, tablets, and TV - to smart fabrics, smart glass, transdermal patches, sensors, and more. With this rise, demand has increased for high-performance flexible batteries. Researchers have had difficulty obtaining both good flexibility and high energy density concurrently in lithium-ion batteries. However, a team led by Yuan Yang, assistant professor of materials science and engineering in the department of applied physics and mathematics at Columbia Engineering, has developed a prototype that addresses this challenge

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New regulators of nitrogen use in plants identified

Plant scientists and traditional plant breeders have long been working to develop plants that use nutrients in the soil, like nitrogen, as efficiently as possible. Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory's Adjunct Associate Professor Doreen Ware, a scientist with the USDA's Agricultural Research Service (ARS), is bringing a new level of precision to that quest. The researchers have been looking at proteins that control the expression of genes involved in nitrogen metabolism in plants - the genes involved in nitrogen uptake through roots, and nitrogen transport through tissues. These proteins and the genes they control - these networks - may change depending on how much nitrogen is available in the soil. 

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