All forms of life ""fix"" carbon: adding energy to CO2 to, as The Jerusalem Post reports, ""turn it into the sugars that are the required starting point needed for life processes."" Prof. Ron Milo has engineered bacteria to improve carbon fixation, which could help meet the need to supply more food to more people, while using less fossil fuel and taking up less land.
August 14, 2016
Coral reefs are the canaries in our environmental coal mine, serving as front-line warnings of damage from climate change. They are also, as The Scientist says, ""notoriously difficult to study."" Until now. Weizmann scientists have ""discovered how to study coral organisms in unpresented detail"" – a breakthrough that could help grow healthy new coral.
June 01, 2016
Striga – aka witchweed – infests more than 405 million acres of sub-Saharan land, causing African farmers to lose up to 100% of their crops, resulting in widespread hunger and financial hardship. StrigAway, an herbicide developed by a group that includes the Weizmann Institute, keeps the weed from attaching to the plant – and improves life for around 100 million people.
January 14, 2016
Renowned plant scientist and Professor Emeritus Jonathan Gressel spoke to the St. Louis Jewish Light about parasitic weeds, greenhouse gases, and the Pope's encyclical on climate change. Supporting the Pope's statement that manmade climate change is a global threat, Prof. Gressel says frankly: ""there will be more global warming.""
July 02, 2015
One of the most evocative smells on Earth is arguably the smell of the sea – but what is that smell? As Wired reports, Weizmann scientists found the answer: a sulfur compound produced by an algae. The chemical could even play a role in controlling Earth's temperature, helping fight climate change. That makes the beach even more enjoyable!
June 30, 2015
California's devastating drought is leading it to turn to Israel – another semi-arid state – for help. As Prof. Brian Berkowitz says, Israel is ""a microcosm of what needs to be done."" When it comes to achieving water security, Israel's decades of success in water management just might provide the life vest California needs.
May 14, 2015
Israel21c covers the latest advance in Prof. Jacob Karni's award-winning method for producing clean energy. The process, being brought to market by NewCO2Fuels, takes a wasted source of energy – the heat put out by factories – and converts its CO2 into synthetic gas which, in turn, is used for products like plastic, fertilizer, and liquid fuel.
January 15, 2015
The Institute's Prof. Brian Berkowitz visited Arizona to speak about ensuring safe drinking water, an increasingly critical topic worldwide. The Jewish News talked with Prof. Berkowitz, who addressed of the importance of basic research, particularly in creating the ""accidental"" discoveries that can lead to the greatest breakthroughs.
January 07, 2015
If it eats, it excretes – including microbes. Having digested organic matter on Earth for about 3.5 billion years, their waste contains a record of how our environment has changed. However, no one has been able to interpret the information in microbial ""fecal prints""– until now. Weizmann's Dr. Itay Halevy and McGill's Dr. Boswell Wing have cracked the case.
December 23, 2014