A universal product - Saves water - Easy to use - Adaptable to all climats, cultures and agro-equipments
- It looks like a grain of sand wich is placed at the root of the plant.
- It captures water wich is not absorbed by the plant and inflates up to 60 times its weight.
- It serves as a reservoir of water: plants are no longer subject to water stress. They growth better and faster and are more resistant.
- It releases 70% of its water in 7 days and 100% in 15 days.
- A mycorrhiza biostimulant is integrated to reduce the use of fertilizers and treatment products. It bring minerals ans protects the root system from fungal attack and prevents the leaching of fertilizers.
- Active ingredient is a cross-linked poly(itaconate), 100% vegetable, obtained by biotechnological means (green chemistry)
- Value added: it replaces petrochemical super absorbant that are prohibited on food crops (carcinogenic and neurotoxic).
Environment, food security, jobs, GDP...
Reallocation of volumes to other uses
Less pressure on groundwater
Decrease in water production costs: investments, energy, etc.
RESTORATION OF SERVICES PROVIDED BY ECOSYSTEMS
Fertility of degraded and desert lands
Increase in carbon storage +0.40%/year
Increase in agricultural production
IMPROVING THE WELL-BEING OF POPULATIONS
Building a sustainable agriculture
Limitation of rural migration to urban areas
ENHANCING SOCIO-ECONOIMIC FACTORS
Food self sufficiency
Trade balance, GDP increase, etc.
Super absorbents were invented in the 1950s and 1960s by the petrochemical industry at the request of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Already the need, was to increase the rate of water capture by plants, to remove water stress and improve yields.
The level of absorption was then remarkable (up to 400 times their own weight), but the release to the plant was almost non-existent. Given the high absorption power, the USDA gave the technology to American industrialists to develop it.
And it was in 1970 that petrochemical super absorbents were commercialized, for the first time, in sanitary napkins. They were introduced in Europe in 1982, in baby diapers.
Today, there are more than 1,000 different water-retention devices, which are used in almost all industrial fields: