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Producing self-fertilizing plants to feed more people

As the world’s population grows and changes, more food is needed. A group of researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is working to increase food production by making it easier for cereal crops like wheat, corn, and rice to grow without fertilizer.
March 16, 2020
© Lisa Miller/J-WAFS

Producing self-fertilizing plants to feed more people

As the world’s population grows and changes, more food is needed. A group of researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is working to increase food production by making it easier for cereal crops like wheat, corn, and rice to grow without fertilizer.
March 16, 2020
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Herbivorous fish may hold key to sustainable aquaculture

The discovery of an unusual fish that sustains itself by consuming a vegetarian diet of specialized algae holds promise as a more sustainable source of dietary protein for humans.

A new look at the almond tree genome

Scientists studying the genomes of an almond tree variety and the peach tree gained some important insights that may help improve the species, according to a study published in The Plant Journal.

Producing self-fertilizing plants to feed more people

As the world’s population grows and changes, more food is needed. A group of researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is working to increase food production by making it easier for cereal crops like wheat, corn, and rice to grow without fertilizer.

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Robotic automation transforming grocery retail

Walmart recently unveiled its Alphabot robotic system, an automated system that is set to revolutionize grocery order fulfillment by enabling quicker, more efficient order picking.

Designing a tomato for urban gardens

Picture cherry tomatoes growing in a cluster on a short vine in an urban environment, like the roof of a skyscraper. If the gene-edited tomato plants recently designed by researchers at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory prove successful, tomatoes and other crops could one day be the stars of city gardens.

Next-gen chickpea proteins suited for dairy alternatives

Researchers from the Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food, and Environment of Hebrew University recently developed a line of next-gen chickpea isolates, using patent-pending technology to extract up to 90% pure protein from the chickpea seed.

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Investors are bullish on alternative proteins

Investments in the agri-food tech industry totaled almost $20 billion in 2019, according to AgFunder’s sixth annual Agri-FoodTech Investing Report.

Chef Serrano-Bahri Helps Hatch Food Startups

In partnership with The Hatchery Chicago, Chef Nelson Serrano-Bahri works with food startups and entrepreneurs to help them in their quest to create successful food and beverage products.

Why Isn't the Heartland Home to More Food Startups?

The startups redefining the food and beverage industry seem to be arising disproportionately on the West and East Coasts.

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