agriculture Archive

agricultureA fully annotated wheat genome good be used to massively boost wheat crop yields

Wheat is one of the major sources of food for much of the world. However, because bread wheat’s genome is a large hybrid mix of three separate subgenomes, it has been difficult to produce a high-quality reference sequence. Using recent …

agricultureNanoparticles can triple the rate of evaporation for solar desalination

Tellurium nanoparticles can triple the evaporation rate of solar desalination and can raise the temperature of water from 29° to 85°C within 100 seconds. If the production of Tellurium nanoparticles can be scaled up to commercial scale the energy needed …

agriculturePlant and stem cell based meat has normal meat taste but no antibiotics or hormones

Chicken grown from cells is already on the menu in some restaurants and cell produced burgers are coming by 2021. Improved tasting plant protein burgers are also available. Impossible burger is a wheat protein burger that uses a plant based …

agricultureFirst Ocean fish farm raising 1.5 million salmon three miles off Norway

Ocean Farm 1 is the world’s first deep-sea aquaculture farm. It is designed by leading salmon farmer SalMar ASA (of Norway). They paid China Shipbuilding Industry $300 million for six facilities. The first pilot system is 67 meters (220 feet …

agricultureImpossible Foods makes a wheat protein burger with taste and aroma of meat

Impossible Foods has $400 million in funding. Pat Brown founded it in 2011. They now are selling factory produced meat to 2000 restaurants. They have sold 4 million burger patties. Their goal is to replace animal meat for food by …

agricultureRice grown in desert, using seawater with over double the global average yields

One day large sections of desert could be turned into rice paddy fields. Chinese scientists have successfully grown and harvested rice in the deserts of Dubai after developing a strain that allows the crop to grow in saltwater. China’s “father …

agricultureCrop production increased by 47 percent by speeding up photorespiration

Plants such as soybeans and wheat waste between 20 and 50 percent of their energy recycling toxic chemicals created when the enzyme Rubisco—the most prevalent enzyme in the world—grabs oxygen molecules instead of carbon dioxide molecules. Increasing production of a …

agriculturePoor countries can increase food production by 3 to ten times

Poor countries tend to have out one-tenth of the crop yield per hectare compared to the yield from rich countries. Farmers in rich countries are more productive than those in poor countries because they use better technology and infrastructure, and …

agricultureSynthesized meat can be any meat so get ready for lab-grown Foie Gras

Bill Gates and Richard Branson have invested in lab-grown meat companies. Beef production is very inefficient. It takes more than 38 pounds of feed and 1799 gallons of water to produce 1 pound of beef. Lab-grown meat requires 100 times …

agricultureUS-China in early stages of trade war

Donald Trump slapped tariffs on at least $50 billion in Chinese imports. China has said that they will retaliate. China announced a 25 percent levy on U.S. pork imports — a heavy blow to Iowa, the top pork-producing state and …