30 Nov '15, 2pm

A Blast of Plasma Makes Plants Grow Faster

A Blast of Plasma Makes Plants Grow Faster

According to a United Nations forecast, demand for food and animal feed will nearly double over the next 25 years as the world adds another two billion people . Scientists at Kyushu University in southwest Japan think what will help save us is the fourth state of matter—plasma. Researchers around the world are investigating how blasting seeds with ionized gas can help boost plant growth. Now the Kyushu research team has developed a much simpler plasma technology that it claims can both significantly increase crop yields and shorten harvest time. Kazunori Koga, a plasma engineer and associate professor in Kyushu University, described the technique at the American Vacuum Society’s 62nd International Symposium & Exhibition in San Jose, Calif. last month. Unlike more expensive and complicated equipment used by many other researchers, the device employed by Koga and colleagues ...

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