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Growing Plants Without Sunlight??

Researchers at UC Riverside and the University of Delaware have created an artificial method of photosynthesis that turns carbon dioxide, electricity, and water into a chemical that plants can use instead of glucose.  

Nine plant varieties were grown using this method, including lettuce, rice, green peas, tomatoes, and jalapeño peppers. The researchers were also able to grow yeast, green algae, and mushrooms with it.  Using this method, the plants grew entirely in the dark, and the process was found to be up to 18 times more efficient than normal photosynthesis for some plants.  

Increasing the efficiency of food production could lessen the impact agriculture has on the environment as less land would be needed.  And for agriculture in unusual environments, such as outer space, the increased energy efficiency could help feed crew members with fewer inputs.

If your curiosity is piqued, the full article can be found here!

Growing Oregon Gardeners: Level Up Series

Take your gardening knowledge to the next level-from gardening with native plants to techniques to extend your season.

Webinars are the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 12 noon (Pacific). The series runs from February through November and will be announced as speakers are finalized.  Programs are FREE. Click here for registration and class topics. All sessions are recorded and can be viewed at any time.

Did you miss the 2021 classes? No worries! They can be found here.

Grow This! Oregon Garden Challenge

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Grow This! Oregon Garden Challenge, Oregon State University Extension’s statewide seed giveaway, returns for a third year in 2022, featuring pollination-themed kits for educators and an enhanced partnership with the Oregon Potato Commission.

Starting in January, individuals and households, schools and groups can sign up to receive an individual/household seed kit, group kit or seed-starting teacher classroom kit through the mail. …..

‘The challenge is spearheaded by Food Hero, a statewide initiative of the Oregon Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) program that was developed by OSU Extension in English and Spanish. This year’s goal is to mail seed kits to 3,500 individuals or households and serve thousands of teachers and groups in Oregon, said Lauren Tobey, Food Hero coordinator.

Entire Press Release is here.