agriculture
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Genetically modified bacteria may be the key to plants that fertilize themselves

Scientists from Washington University in St. Louis have developed genetically engineered bacteria capable of pulling fertilizer out of thin air. Here's why that's such a potential game-changer.
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A Swiss weedkiller robot could curb our dependence on herbicides

A Swiss company called ecoRobotix recently unveiled its contribution to automated agriculture -- a robotic weed-killing machine, that may reshape the way we approach agriculture by used microdoses of herbicides
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CRISPR gene-editing could help feed future generations

By making mutations in 13 genes, scientists from the United States and China produced a strain of rice with 25-31 percent high yield. Without CRISPR, it would have taken millions of plants to reach a similar goal.
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Move over pesticides! This new RNA vaccine could help keep crops safe

Forget about pesticides! Researchers from France and Finland have created a new RNA-based vaccine that could offer a more efficient, environmentally friendly way to keep crops safe.
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Cross a John Deere with a Roomba, and you get this crop-monitoring robot

TerraSentia is a four-wheeled farm robot that boasts a variety of sensors that can monitor and transmit crop data in real time. It won’t take full autonomy over a farm but is designed to serve as a little cog in a bigger machine.
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Probiotics for plants? Here’s how AI-optimized bacteria could accelerate agriculture

Indigo Agriculture has a plan is to pump plants with a bunch of beneficial microbes to make the crops grow faster, stronger, and more productively. It’s a long shot, but it could give farmers access to crops that not only grow better in…
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How ‘speed breeding’ could supercharge farming to save us from starvation

Scientists recently published a paper detailing a new "speed breeding" technique that may revolutionize the way we grow crops and accelerate the rate at which we can develop hardier, healthier, and more versatile plants in the face of…
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Panasonic built a robot gentle enough to pick tomatoes, but not exactly graceful

Planning on finding a new job for 2018? You can cross “tomato picker” off the list now that a new tomato-harvesting robot has made its debut at the International Robot Exhibition in Tokyo, Japan.
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Octinion’s strawberry-picking bot is quick, nimble, and ready to replace humans

Belgian engineering company Octinion has developed a robot that's capable of picking strawberries without bruising them in the process. Well, there goes another job humans used to do!
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Birds eating your crops? $10k laser turrets will solve that problem

After its crop of blueberries were decimated by hungry birds last year, one Oregon farm decided to bring in laser guns as a modern scarecrow upgrade. It worked out incredibly well.
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Robot farmers have successfully planted and harvested barley by themselves

From planting to tending and harvesting, no human stepped foot on the acre and a half barley farm in rural England. The manual labor in the project, called Hands Free Hectare, was done entirely by robot farmers.
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This handheld scanner lets farmers analyze their crops in seconds

GrainSense is a smart device that lets farmers scan their crops with various frequencies of near-infrared light to find out the levels of protein, moisture, oil, and carbohydrate in their grain.
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Eat up! Insects may truly be the sustainable food source of the future

We may prefer to squish them in the West but insects are a staple food source in many cultures around the world. They’re cheap, nutritious, some say delicious, and they’re exceptionally sustainable, according to a new study.
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RoboBees, city sanctuaries, and hot hives could save the world from ‘beepocalypse’

Colony collapse disorder has ravaged bee populations worldwide in recent years. In response, conservationists, engineers, and everyday citizens are leveraging modern technology to help save our buzzing, winged allies.
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Tarzan the Robot will swing over the heads of farmers to monitor their crops

Georgia Institute of Technology's Tarzan-inspired robot will swing on high-wires to help farmers monitor their crops, and then send real-time data back to the base station for analysis.
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Mark Watney wasn’t wrong: Researchers discover potatoes really can grow on Mars

Preliminary results from research at the International Potato Center suggests that, if an astronaut is to find herself stranded on Mars, she’d at least be able to propagate potatoes in Mars-like conditions.
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Pests begone! BioClay offers a safe and sustainable alternative to pesticides

A research team at the University of Queensland in Australia is developing a product called BioClay, an alternative to pesticides they say is effective and environmentally sustainable.
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Farming robot uses sonar to spot fruit and even count individual leaves

A new project, currently being developed by researchers at Israel’s Institute of Agricultural Engineering and Tel Aviv University, is using sonar-sporting robots to more accurately project future fruit yields.