Researchers at MIT created a new field called “cyber agriculture” that combines botany, chemistry, and machine-learning algorithms to help find the best growing conditions for the taste and health of plants. In there testing the researchers created basil plants that tasted better than anything you have ever tasted. Their next step is enhancing the human disease-fighting properties of herbs.
“Our goal is to design open-source technology at the intersection of data acquisition, sensing, and machine learning, and apply it to agricultural research in a way that hasn’t been done before,” says Caleb Harper, a principal research scientist in MIT’s Media Lab and director of the OpenAg group. Read the full article here.