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Sensors that measure the electrical capacitance of leaves

Leaf sensor

Plant-based sensors that measure the thickness and electrical capacitance of leaves show great promise for telling farmers when to activate their irrigation systems, preventing both water waste and parched plants, according to researchers in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences. Continuously monitoring plant “water stress” is particularly critical in arid …

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Injecting the virus particles alongside chemotherapy drugs

Researchers from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in collaboration with researchers from Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine and RWTH Aachen University have adapted virus particles — that normally infect potatoes — to serve as cancer drug delivery devices for mice. But in a recent article published in Nano Letters, …

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3-D printing with plants

For centuries, cellulose has formed the basis of the world’s most abundantly printed-on material: paper. Now, thanks to new research at MIT, it may also become an abundant material to print with — potentially providing a renewable, biodegradable alternative to the polymers currently used in 3-D printing materials. “Cellulose is …

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