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Breeding crops to feed 10 billion | Nature Biotechnology
Work on speeding up growth of indoor raised plants while also speeding up breeding to target specific traits. Simple stuff like keeping plants lit 22 hours a day with red and blue LED's, combined with newer computer models for gene combinations.
speed  breeding  indoor  agriculture  research  technology 
june 2019 by asteroza
Gypsum as an agricultural product | American Society of Agronomy
Power plant flue scrubber artificial gypsum appears to be superior to naturally mined gypsum as a fertilizer/soil additive
artificial  gypsum  soil  additive  agriculture  research 
february 2019 by asteroza
Ceres Tag – GeoTagging Livestock Management
Getting past the Internet of Cows joke, a solar smart tag with long range IoT capability is interesting for maintaining a herd. Now sprinkle some blockchain and you will get the VC's to come running...
smart  ear  tag  livestock  tracking  monitoring  agriculture  IoT  remote  GPS  health  hardware  electronics  devices 
november 2018 by asteroza
Stone Fruit Tagged "4 Fruit Tree" - Fruit Salad Trees
Huh, are they producing this through some kind of joined cuttings or some dark magic?
agriculture  fruit  multiple  variety  tree 
august 2018 by asteroza
Nitrogen fixation in a landrace of maize is supported by a mucilage-associated diazotrophic microbiota
Corn/maize variant that doesn't need fertilizer in poor soil because it has weird aerial root structure actively secreting goop that support nitrogen fixation bacteria, so in theory easier/more sustainable agriculture without fertilizer, but the thing is a bit more tree-like and takes 2-3x as long to grow ears. Still neat though.
maize  corn  aerial  root  structure  nitrogen  fixation  biology  research  agriculture  mexico 
august 2018 by asteroza
Dropcopter - Aerial Pollination for Agriculture
Brute force aerial pollination from drones using bulk pollen. Not a great bee substitute but may be the only real alternative. Collecting the bulk pollen first seems problematic though.
UAV  drone  multicopter  cargo  agriculture  pollen  dusting 
july 2018 by asteroza
Photosystem II Subunit S overexpression increases the efficiency of water use in a field-grown crop | Nature Communications
Single gene tweaks drops water usage by 25% but keeps yield up apparently for tobacco, should work for other plants.
GM  genetically  modified  plant  low  water  usage  efficiency  agriculture  biology  science  research  technology 
march 2018 by asteroza
Protein produced from electricity to alleviate world hunger - News - LUT
Some sort of initiative to do a electrically powered, sunless bioreactor using microbes to mass produce raw proteins as an alternative to conventional outdoor agriculture.
sunless  protein  production  agriculture  microbe  food  electric  indoor  bioreactor  artificial  synthetic 
july 2017 by asteroza
Artificial Glaciers of Ladakh | The Ice Stupa Project
Forcibly making more ice/glacier in winter from winter stream water to save for planting season.
artifical  glacier  ice  water  storage  agriculture 
june 2017 by asteroza
Premium 100% Grass-fed, Grass-finished Beef on Crowd Cow
So the idea is, a per cow coop kind of purchasing agreement for beef, split between the contributors.
crowdfunding  crowdsourcing  beef  meat  cow  agriculture  online  food  Delicious 
march 2017 by asteroza
Premium 100% Grass-fed, Grass-finished Beef on Crowd Cow
So the idea is, a per cow coop kind of purchasing agreement for beef, split between the contributors.
crowdfunding  crowdsourcing  beef  meat  cow  agriculture  online  food  Delicious 
march 2017 by asteroza
Enhanced Development of Skeletal Myotubes from Porcine Induced Pluripotent Stem ...
Artificial muscle cells from pig stem cells, without using fetal bovine serum as the growth medium. Growth medium had previously been the limiter on artificial cell meat for food due to bovine prion risk (Mad Cow disease).
artificial  meat  food  pig  stem  cell  muscle  biology  research  agriculture  Delicious 
february 2017 by asteroza
New Solar Sharing Method Uses Hydroponic Culture System - News - Solar Power Pla...
Uh, I suppose it wins points for DIY low cost, but couldn't you get most of the same results without pesticides with a single axis tracking PV panel on top of a containerized hydroponic system, using the container frame as part of the PV mount?
hybrid  plot  sharing  single  axis  tracker  PV  solar  outdoor  hydroponics  agriculture  Delicious 
december 2016 by asteroza
Sundrop Farms
Solar thermal power running a desal rig to run a greenhouse fed by seawater. Upgraded version of a seawater evaporation drafted greenhouse.
australia  solar  seawater  greenhouse  hydroponics  desalination  thermal  power  generator  CSP  agriculture  farm  tomato  Delicious 
october 2016 by asteroza
セキュアドローン協議会 | ドローンの IoT ソリューション活用
A precision agriculture advocacy group, focusing on IoT sensors plus UAV drones, backed by a cloud platform. But this smells like a domestic protectionism move against 3DR and their services platform.
japan  UAV  drone  security  consortium  industry  advocacy  group  precision  agriculture  IoT  internet-of-things  Delicious 
april 2016 by asteroza
Flowhub - Seed-to-sale Software for the Legal Cannabis Industry
GrowOP management software with an associated mobile terminal (iPhone case with scanner). Sure, it's weed, but easy to use enterprise agriculture management platorms aren't cheap, so this could break out into new markets.
cannabis  marijuana  weed  growop  agriculture  enterprise  management  software  platform  metrics  analytics  product  history  tracking  hardware  electronics  devices  iPod  iPhone  case  shell  scanner  Delicious 
october 2015 by asteroza
Nemo's Garden by Ocean Reef Group
Crazy Italians farming in domes under the sea...
underwater  agriculture  dome  garden  ocean  farming  Delicious 
july 2015 by asteroza
Second Livestock
So the meatrix is becoming a reality?
humor  free  range  chicken  VR  agriculture  matrix  meatrix  Delicious 
may 2014 by asteroza
Stanford scientists model a win-win situation: growing crops on photovoltaic farms
Smart trick of using a waste (PV cleaning water) as an input into another process (colocated agriculture)
colocated  colocation  agriculture  solar  PV  panel  washing  cleaning  water  runoff  farm  biofuel  Delicious 
april 2014 by asteroza
Research and development, manufacture and sale of: Euglena | euglena CO., Ltd
Horie-mon's new venture. Apparently commercializing a type of algae for biomass production for engineered nutrition, fibers, and biomass for biofuel production. Got the japanese government to bite, via NEDO.
nutritional  development  nutrient  biomass  green  biotech  agriculture  biofuel  algae  fiber  research  microalgae  startup  production  horie-mon  nutrition  japan  euglena  food  supplement  horiemon  energy  Delicious 
october 2013 by asteroza
TomTato™ - All Vegetable Plants - Thompson & Morgan
A single season grafted hybrid potato/tomato plant. Apparently the tomatoes aren't that great but have preferred acidity and high Brix/sugar content. Not tomacco...
plant  grafted  tomato  food  agriculture  potato  hybrid  garden  vegtable  Delicious 
october 2013 by asteroza
Fujitsu Turns Semiconductor Plant Into Vegetable Plant -- Tech-On!
Fujitsu already closed several semiconductor fabs in that town, shipping the manufacturing hardware to new fabs in china. One site was so heavily contaminated that they couldn't sell the property after razing the plant and doing remediation, so they got the prefecture to build a magnet school on the site. I assume this plant is one of the older fabs on the southwest side of town, but wasn't heavily contaminated. With a still usable clean room in an industrial park full of other fabs, it would have been hard to sell otherwise in such a depressed local economy.
agriculture  health  Fujitsu  production  vegtable  japan  aizuwakamatsu  clean  food  potassium  low  medicine  fukushima  room  Delicious 
august 2013 by asteroza
2013/02/01 10:30 - Kubota To Sell Device To Help Fruit Pickers From Oct
Arm only (no torso support) low power exoskeleton for manual fruit pickers to assist their arms. I suppose it's to keep their arms from getting tired, and since fruits are light, the amount of assist is low.
fruit  technology  hardware  agriculture  assist  exoskeleton  picking  japan  ARM-1  Kubota  power  arm  devices  electronics  Delicious 
february 2013 by asteroza
NBD | Home
Building essentially solid state fog/dew/atmospheric humidity water harvesters using special surface coatings mimicking desert beetles. Now you too can be a Star Wars moisture farmer!
texture  pattern  micropattern  dehumidifier  agriculture  camping  hardware  gear  survival  coating  surface  nanotechnology  technology  research  science  materials  harvestor  water  dew  humidity  atmospheric  textured  nanotextured  hydrophillic  hydrophobic  biomimicry  Delicious 
november 2012 by asteroza
Sky Green - Technology
Odd vertical farming layout hardware. Basically uses a continuous chain loop/ferris wheel to carry troughs up a vertical distance. So at first glance, probably not hydroponic compatible. Also, seems to focus on leafy plants, and the troughs may be shaded for half a transit on the loop. Still interesting. Apparently in commercial use in Singapore.
singapore  wheel  ferris  loop  elevator  trough  A-Go-Gro  agriculture  farming  urban  vertical  Delicious 
november 2012 by asteroza
Imec.pdf (application/pdf Object)
Interesting advance in hydroponics infrastructure; using a hydrogel sheet as the growing medium, capped with membranes to keep the nasties out.
thin  film  membrane  hydrogel  hydroponic  agriculture  materials  science  biology  research  japan  IMEC  farming  hydromembrane  filetype:pdf  media:document  Delicious 
august 2011 by asteroza
PlantLab
Seem to have a good setup for fully automated indoor vertical farming using controlled environments and plant specific optimized LED lighting.
automated  agriculture  urban  farming  indoor  vertical  farm  growop  hydroponics  controlled  environment  local  sourcing  food  Delicious 
may 2011 by asteroza
Open Source Ecology Weblog
Basically, trying to build prototype tools/equipment for low cost modern agriculture with open source designs, to lower the barriers to modern agriculture, enable small groups of modern humans to sustainably live off the land, and to provide new innovation to third world farmers that they can conceivably build themselves with only guidance/blueprints.
opensource  ecology  alternative  agriculture  infrastructure  farming  Delicious 
march 2011 by asteroza
PowerFlowerSolar
Not sure what's going on here. Is that a concentrating solar PV device?
solar  green  energy  farming  agriculture  Delicious 
march 2011 by asteroza
[Project] Prospero: Robotic Farmer - Trossen Robotics Community
If this was somewhat bigger while at the same time solar powered, this might gain the interests of large land management groups such as the US Forest Service...
Prospero  robot  farmer  farming  agriculture  wilderness  gardening  hardware  electronics  devices  forestry  autonomous  robotics  Delicious 
march 2011 by asteroza
asahi.com(朝日新聞社):Go-it-alone farmer reaps hydroponic harvest - English
Apparently this guy uses some sort of lowtech hydroponics system he's patented. Good enough to eat, but apparently too light(?small?) for the japanese market. I wonder what the yield per acre looks like against water and fertilizer consumption?
japan  alternative  natural  hydroponics  agriculture  lowtech  food  organic  Delicious 
november 2010 by asteroza
最先端科学の株式会社リバネス
These are the guys who built the japanese Subway sandwich shop hydroponic lettuce factory/farm
japan  hydroponics  lettuce  food  agriculture  organic  Subway  Delicious 
july 2010 by asteroza
Fine-Tuning Growth Conditions Helps Cyanobacteria Flourish
Upping the phosphorus a bit means the limiters for growth are generally CO2 and light. Light you can do with tricky clear acryllic tubes and panels in novel arrangements. But the phosphorus is a problem. World supply is getting tighter due to industrial agriculture and runoff, so there is talk about peak phosphorus. Since we don't harvest sewage sludge and runoff for phosphorus, it gets trapped in sediment or washed out to sea. Most of the easy phosphorus sources are gone now.
cyanobacteria  algae  photobioreactor  biology  biofuel  biomass  green  energy  research  CO2  carbon  capture  peak  phosphorus  agriculture  Delicious 
july 2010 by asteroza
Decrease in Nitrate Concentration in Leafy Vegetables Under a Solid-state Illuminator -- Samuoliene et al. 44 (7): 1857 -- HortScience
Interesting research that giving a plant during 10% of it's total light exposure time exposure to a LED light source reduced nitrates, boosted carbohydrates, and appears to have other benefits. 10% exposure means it isn't necessary to build expensive LED lighting for all greenhouse plants (simply rotate their trays through a properly equipped area). This may be applicable to hydroponics.
agriculture  LED  solid  state  illuminator  light  lighting  research  biology  food  nutrition  Delicious 
april 2010 by asteroza
Panasonic: Oxygen-rich Water Encourages Growth of Plants -- Tech-On!
Hrm, I wonder if this could be used out in the field by having an inline aerator microbubbler near the nozzles of agricultural watering equipment? Much easier to implement in hydroponic systems though. Actually, I wonder if you could make an oxygen and carbon dioxide rich water stream for hydroponics, and if that has merit?
agriculture  biology  research  oxygen  rich  water  panasonic  hydroponics  microbubble  bubble  aeration  Delicious 
april 2010 by asteroza
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