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Massachusetts Institute of Technology breakthrough: New device could deliver crucial treatment to diseased fruit plants

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Engineers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed a precision injection system for plants to potentially help orange, olive and banana crops threatened by diseases. The new system uses silk-based biomaterials to fabricate a microneedle-like device, which can inject nutrients, antibiotics or other pesticides into plants’ circulatory systems, according to a study describing the system, published recently in the journal Advanced Science.

Engineers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed a precision injection system for plants to potentially help orange, olive and banana crops threatened by diseases. The new system uses silk-based biomaterials to fabricate a microneedle-like device, which can inject nutrients, antibiotics or other pesticides into plants’ circulatory systems, according to a study describing the system, published recently in the journal Advanced Science.

Researchers say the device could be used to start delivering “life-saving treatments” to orange, olive and banana crops under threat by diseases that affect their circulatory systems.

“We wanted to solve the technical problem of how you can have a precise access to the plant vasculature,” graduate student Yunteng Cao, who led the development of the microneedle technology as part of his thesis project, said in a press release.

See full article at Agropages

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