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In California, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory received $4.6 million from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy for two innovative projects to...

UMass Amherst and Genoverde Biosciences research could increase wood density by 20%

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AeroVironment commissions UAV research to detect water stress in almond trees

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UAV crop data collection increases farm efficiency and reduces input expense

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NIFA announces $3 million for agriculture co-robot research

In Washington, D.C., $3 million in robotics research, application and education funding for agricultural systems was made available under the National Robotics Initiative by...

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In New York, NYU Langone Medical Center researchers showed that when combined with psychological counseling, distressed cancer patients that took a single dose of...

Low cost, disposable graphene nanoparticle strips detect pesticides instantaneously in the field

In Iowa, a team at Iowa State University’s Department of Mechanical Engineering created a flexible, low cost and disposable biosensor that can detect pesticides...

Boosting proteins involved in photosynthesis increased tobacco yield by 20 percent

In Illinois, by boosting levels of three proteins involved in photosynthesis, University of Illinois researchers increased tobacco plant productivity by at least 14 percent...

McDonald’s chooses two new potato varieties to make golden fries more sustainable

In Washington, Washington State University researchers announced that McDonald’s has chosen two new russet potato varieties for their french fries. The Clearwater Russet and the...

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