September 2, 2014

Big Ideas and Emerging Innovations

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Water 'Thermostat' Could Help Engineer Drought-Resistant Crops
Researchers have identified a gene that could help scientists engineer drought-resistant crops. The gene encodes a protein in the cell membrane of plants that senses changes in water availability and adjusts the plant's water conservation machinery accordingly. The findings could lead to new ways to help plants thrive when water is scarce.

Drones Emerge as a Conservation Tool
Ecologist Lian Pin Koh is pioneering the use of drones in conservation efforts and biological research across the globe. Koh claims that advances in aerial equipment and technology have made drones a key part of conservation strategies for marine reserves, rainforests, and many other landscapes, mostly in the developing world.

Rethinking Eating
Tech entrepreneurs hope to get us hooked on more efficient, algorithmically derived food. A handful of start-ups are out to revolutionize the food system by engineering “meat” and “eggs” from pulverized plant compounds or cultured snippets of animal tissue. One company imagines doing away with grocery shopping, cooking and even chewing, with a liquid meal made from algae byproducts.

Polder and Wiser
Dutch scientists, businesses, and government have always worked to boost productivity; now they seek to sell their expertise to foreign farmers concerned about limited resources and quality control. Traditional farming methods, as practiced in most of the world, are both expensive and environmentally damaging, and for sustainable and intensive food production, the Dutch are in the lead.

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Blogroll

1,000 Days Blog, 1,000 Days

Africa Can End Poverty, World Bank

Agrilinks Blog

Bread Blog, Bread for the World

Can We Feed the World Blog, Agriculture for Impact

Concern Blogs, Concern Worldwide

Institute Insights, Bread for the World Institute

End Poverty in South Asia, World Bank

Global Development Blog, Center for Global Development

The Global Food Banking Network

Harvest 2050, Global Harvest Initiative

The Hunger and Undernutrition Blog, Humanitas Global Development

International Food Policy Research Institute News, IFPRI

International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center Blog, CIMMYT

ONE Blog, ONE Campaign

One Acre Fund Blog, One Acre Fund

Overseas Development Institute Blog, Overseas Development Institute

Oxfam America Blog, Oxfam America

Preventing Postharvest Loss, ADM Institute

Sense & Sustainability Blog, Sense & Sustainability

WFP USA Blog, World Food Program USA

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