Roots releases exceptional pilot results

Published: Mar 5, 2018

Roots Sustainable Agricultural Technologies (ASX:ROO) has released results from its recently completed pilot test.

Traditional summer basil plants were heated on average five degrees warmer versus control plants using the company’s patented RTZO technology. The process increased yield and average plant size by 66 and 35 per cent respectively.

At the same time, it’s worth noting that this is an early stage play and investors should seek professional financial advice if considering this company for their portfolio.

roots winter pilot basil

Basil winter pilot returns, 12 plants in each box

The winter pilot was conducted over 39 days from December 2017 to February 2018 on a 50-acre organic farm in the Carmia region of southern Israel.

The successful pilot of basil, which is seldom grown outside of summer, shows the increased benefits of ROO’s RTZO technology for farmers in widely variable climates.

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Basil winter pilot, heated plants compared to unheated plants

ROO CEO Dr. Sharon Devir spoke on the promising returns of the test, “This pilot proves that heating the roots zone on cold nights allows farmers to grow basil in winter and that heating this root zone improves plant growth rates and increases the crop, therefore increasing profitability for the farmer by allowing them to extend their growth periods with relatively low energy costs and gain premium prices for produce.

“Being a summer crop, basil needs high temperatures for normal development making it prohibitive to grow in winter in many parts of the world.

“In the Carmia region the rise in energy prices for heating greenhouses and decrease in returns meant many farmers abandoned basil in favour of other crops – the farmer in the pilot had not grown basil for these reasons.”

Devir also indicated that the company was working through the early stages of avocado tree growth via its RTZO system.

“This will take place in a plantation in a relatively cool area of northern Israel – Kibbutz Eilon. For four months the roots of mature avocado trees will be monitored and physiological variables such as absorption of imprints, quantity of phosphorus, ripening and growth rates will be measured.”

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