091115 Graphene desalination
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Desalination gets a graphene boost

Source: news.mit.edu With the intensifying drought in California, the state has accelerated the construction of desalination plants. Yet due to high construction and operating costs, as well as environmental concerns, we’re not likely to see reclaimed seawater represent more than a small fraction of America’s clean water reserves for some time …

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091115 Fighting pests with sound waves
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Fight pests with sound waves, not pesticides

Source: takepart.com In Florida, the Asian citrus psyllid, an aphid-size creature that feeds on the stems and leaves of citrus trees, cost the juice business $3.6 billion between 2006 and 2012. The real damage from “citrus greening” comes from bacteria spread by the bug, which causes leaves to turn yellow …

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091115 Abu Dhabi groundwater solutions
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Abu Dhabi strives to save groundwater resources

Source: khaleejtimes.com EAD has started looking at technologies from around the world that address Abu Dhabi’s specific needs in the efficient management and conservation of groundwater resources. Despite efforts to more effectively manage groundwater resources, Abu Dhabi is confronted with increasing water scarcity. This was stated by Shaikha Al Mazrouei, …

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061115 Solar irrigation and other award winners
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The 12 game-changing technologies recognized in International Water Week

Source: greentechlead.com At Amsterdam International Water Week, Securing Water for Food: A Grand Challenge for Development recognized 12 new game-changing solutions that will increase water availability and promote efficient use of water in agriculture. The solutions that won the award include: AgroSolar Irrigation Technology – Kenya: Scaling a solar photovoltaic-powered …

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061115 Cows and Milk
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How RFID delivers big data on cows and milk production

Source: techcrunch.com We know that big data has been used in retail, healthcare and finance, but you might be surprised to find out that it also helps farmers with dairy production. This practice, called precision dairy farming, involves the use of technology such as RFID tags and sensors to track …

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061115 Seawater greenhouse Somalia
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Seawater greenhouses to bring cultivation to Somalia

Greenhouses that use seawater to cultivate crops in hot, arid climates are being introduced to help tackle food insecurity in Somaliland. In recent years, growing concerns over lack of fresh water, combined with an increasing population, has become a serious issue for global food production. Current population growth trajectories suggest that …

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041115 Agriculture Africa youth unemployment
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Agriculture to be used to tackle African youth unemployment

www.allafrica.com The MasterCard Foundation recently brought together nearly 300 young people from across sub-Saharan Africa to South Africa to deliberate and craft strategies that can arrest the unemployment problem among the youth and perhaps explore how African countries can harness the opportunities that exist within the agricultural sector. The summit, …

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041115 GM Foods
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Can SMART biotechnology serve sustainable agriculture?

Source: democratherald.com Wouldn’t it be nice if we could employ biotechnology in agriculture without imposing the risks and provoking the divisiveness that accompany the genetic engineering (GE) of food? What if the “transgenic” GE practice of combining genes from wildly divergent organisms to create what have been dubbed “Frankenfoods” was abandoned, …

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041115 Potash alternatives
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On the hunt for alternatives to potash

Source: news.mit.edu Participants from the U.S., Canada, Brazil, European Union, the United Kingdom, China, and Africa will gather on the MIT campus for three days, Nov. 10-12, for the first International Workshop on Alternative Potash. Cost-effective solutions to providing potassium fertilizer (potash) to the Southern Hemisphere are needed as the world’s …

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031115 technology-fight-california-drought
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How technology could help fight California’s drought

Source: tech.co As many know, the California drought has not ceased. It continues to decimate natural environments, hurt farms, and restrict daily life. As a result, the state of California is working to implement a number of low-tech measures that will help with the current lack of precipitation. One of …

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