A new sprayable bioplastic—made of cornstarch and other natural ingredients—offers potential as an effective method for delivering beneficial microbes to fight aflatoxins and other agricultural pathogens and pests.
Providing seeds with a protective coating that also supplies essential nutrients to the germinating plant could make it possible to grow crops in otherwise unproductive soils, according to new research at MIT. A team of engineers has coated seeds with silk that has been treated with a kind of bacteria that naturally produce a nitrogen ferti
By applying ozone to cassava starch, a team of researchers in Brazil has managed to produce a more resistant and biodegradable type of plastic that can be used in various types of packaging - including those used to package food products - or as plastic bags.
Researchers at the Dutch Institute of Ecology conducted a study that concluded that certain species of resistant bacteria can protect plant roots against fungal infections. "Bacteria are essential for the functioning of plants, animals and people," research leader Jos Raaijmakers told Science Daily.
Scientists from Skoltech have trained neural networks to evaluate and predict the plant growth pattern taking into account the main influencing factors and propose the optimal ratio between the nutrient requirements and other growth-driving parameters.