Editor’s Note: AgFunderNews recently had the chance to speak with Gregg Halverson, President of Black Gold Farms. Halverson will be speaking at the Forbes Reinventing America: The AgTech Summit, taking place in Salinas, CA, July 8-9.
Microbiomes are all around us—and even inside us. According to The Human Microbiome Project, tens of trillions of the little cells live on and inside humans. Representing thousands of species, microbiomes outnumber our own cells by roughly 10 to 1.
Editor’s Note: AgFunderNews recently had the opportunity to speak with The Honorable Joe Gunter, Mayor of Salinas, on the relationship between agriculture and technology both in his home town and around the world.
Maybe scum isn’t such a bad thing.
Over the last few weeks, studies and stories from around the world have indicated that both microscopic and macro-algae may actually be great sources of biofuel.
Out of the ag-rich land of Davis, California, comes a study that is sure to receive a lot of attention.
A new study from the UC Davis MIND Institute shows there’s a link between pregnant woman’s exposure to agricultural pesticides and autism.
Soon it might not just be you buzzing on your morning coffee, but also your car.
A new study from the University of Bath suggests that coffee grounds may be a great source of biodiesel fuel.
New research says there’s a better way to make biofuel and paper.
Scientists at the University of British Columbia have genetically modified trees to more easily break down for paper and biofuel production, significantly reducing the amount of necessary chemicals and energy for processing.
Climate change will affect just about everything, including your stomach.
New research from UC Davis shows how increased levels of carbon dioxide are harming the quality of crops, putting us at risk of eating less-nutritious food.
Ladies and gents, bionic plants have arrived.
MIT researchers have stumbled across a trait that blows other technology outta the water. By dousing plant DNA on single-walled carbon nanotubes, (which are exactly what they sound like–tiny carbon tubes,) researchers have found a way to increase a plant’s photosynthesis productivity by three times.
Pest resistance is one of farmers’ worst fears.
Since 1990, the number of resistant-crop pests has doubled. Today, there are about 500 insects, 218 weeds, and 190 fungi pests that have shown resistance, putting some of the US’s major staple crops at risk.
Pictures of three tumor-ridden rats line the headlines about the controversial study by Frenchman Gilles-Eric Seralini at the University of Caen in France. Originally published in September 2012 in the reputed scientific Journal Food & Chemical Toxicology, the study suggests those who consume NK603 maize, or genetically modified corn resistant to the herbicide Roundup—linked to a Monsanto strain—are at a much higher risk of developing cancer.