The Elixir of Life for Produce

December 3, 2014 (National Geographic)
Photograph by Jim Richardson, National Geographic Creative

Scientists at startup Apeel Sciences have figured out the secret to doubling lifespans. Not our lifespans, alas, but those of fruits and veggies. Naturally.

Determining the better thrips predator

December 2, 2014   (ANBP)

The effect of seasonal variability on predatory mites in ornamental greenhouse IPM

Engineer Sees Big Possibilities in Micro-robots, Including Programmable Bees

December 3, 2014   (National Geographic)
Photograph by Kat Keene Hogue

Take RoboBees, colonies of autonomous flying micro-robots that Wood's team has been developing for years. He says that they could one day perform search-and-rescue expeditions, scout hazardous environments, gather scientific field data, even help pollinate crops.

Why Tiny Microbes Mean Big Things for Farming

December 3, 2014   (National Geographic)
Photograph by Dave Bevan, Alamy

The soil-dwelling bacteria that we walk on every day are working their way into technologies that could help feed the world.