Vegetables on Mars within ten years?

The soil on Mars may be suitable for cultivating food crops – this is the prognosis of a study by plant ecologist Wieger Wamelink of Wageningen UR. This would prove highly practical if we ever decide to send people on a ...

Saving greenhouse power with deep-red LED light

The Siemens subsidiary Osram Opto Semiconductors has developed a powerful light-emitting diode (LED) for use in the cultivation of plants. It emits a deep-red light at a wavelength of 660 nanometers, which is perfect for ...

Industrial production of biodiesel feasible within 15 years

Within 10 to 15 years, it will be technically possible to produce sustainable and economically viable biodiesel from micro-algae on a large scale. Technological innovations during this period should extend the scale of production ...

Scientist warns that palm oil development may threaten Amazon

Oil palm cultivation is a significant driver of tropical forest destruction across Southeast Asia. It could easily become a threat to the Amazon rainforest because of a proposed change in Brazil's legislation, new infrastructure ...

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