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Roots Ltd -Executive Summary May 2010


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Irrigation by condensation technology (NASA TEchBrief\'s Magazine technology of the month September 2008) + Root zone temperature optimization technology

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Roots Ltd -Executive Summary May 2010

  1. 1. Executive Summary RZT - Root Zone Temperature Optimization & IBC - Irrigation by Condensation Patented Systems and Methods Sustainable, natural and clean agricultural systems designed to increase agricultural yield coupled with substantial water and energy savings Ever increasing pressures and inter-dependence on the global food supply are highlighting new technological and investment opportunities in the areas of agriculture and food production. These trends include the rise of a vast middle class in emerging markets and a dramatic increase in food demand that in turn increase food prices, strain food supply chains and add additional strain on water and energy resources. Unexpected but significant, local climate changes expose agricultural crops to either extreme cold or heat stress that diminish agricultural production quality and yield. Modern solutions to enhance water supplies, such as sea water desalination, or climate control with air heating/cooling in green houses, both with fossil fuels, exerts additional energy requirements and hence - additional pollution load on our globe. Our company has developed and patented a variety of simple, reliable, low cost and environmentally friendly solutions to increase agricultural crop production coupled with substantial water and energy savings. Root Zone Temperature (RZT) optimization system is a very low energy consumption technology based on a one-time and inexpensive installation, applicable for non-covered or covered agricultural crops in new or existing production areas. Field tests on six different crops, when compared with control, yielded a dramatic increase of production from 20% to 240% (melons, peppers, strawberries, cucumbers, lettuce, and green beans) early maturity, better crop quality, water savings during the summer, and reduction in greenhouse heating costs during the winter. In summary, the RZT system assures the farmer a fast ROI. Through a wide range of field tests over a four year period (partly conducted in collaboration with Netafim – a worldwide leader in drip irrigation), we have successfully demonstrated substantial agricultural yield increases using our Root Zone Temperature optimization product. Our field tests have documented: • A difference of 10Co (+and-) between experimental and control root zone temperatures during winters and summers; • Significant reduction of extreme heat loads on plants during the summer resulting in the maintenance of high levels of moisture at the root zone level, water saving and greater yield; and • Reduction of damages to crops during cold winters, substantial increase in yield, improved product quality and shorter growth cycle. Our second, novel product is a patented Irrigation by Condensation (IBC) technology. It is a one time water tank fill up, closed cycle, solar (or any other energy) operated irrigation system that irrigates by condensing water from moisture contained in the soil and in the air on pipes with cold water. Our Solar Irrigation by Condensation technology was chosen by NASA Tech Brief's Magazine as the 'Technology of the Month' of September 2008. The IBC system R&D stage technology. The IBC technology will enable farmers to: • Irrigate crops and produce food (and flowers) also in remote locations, characterized by a relatively high humidity and ambient temperatures and long summers. • Multiply X2 or 3 the total crop yield • Work off existing water and electricity grids, or in parallel with existing irrigation The RZT coupled with the IBC are cutting edge agricultural technologies that will enable farmers to increase income, reduce environmental uncertainties relating to climate control, produce more crops and make more money. Our technologies have been granted 2 USA parent patents. The PCT was approved in China, South Africa, Canada, Mexico Australia and India (divisional applications were filed in Australia and India as well). and approved by the EU (in validation process in few major agricultural countries) and pending in Israel. We are seeking additional investments in these promising clean tech and agro-technology products. In parallel, we wish to sign collaborative agreements in various parts of the world to commercialize our products, finalize R&D of the IBC system and distribute the products. The company is owned by Boaz Wachtel, inventor, entrepreneur and a marketing expert, and Sharon Devir, Ph.D. (Agricultural Engineering), an entrepreneur and the former CEO (from its inception) of the NGT technological incubator in Israel. Our team and consultants comprise of Eli Vered Chief Agronomist of Netafim; Pinchas Doron, Pd.D. Solar Energy Expert, CTO of Aura (,; Erez Zimchoni, Agricultural Engineer, with 12 years experience in Netafim R&D; Prof. Uzi Kafkafi, expert on roots and the influence of temperature on plant physiology, The Hebrew University and Irina Loktev Ph.D.- an Electro- thermal expert. Automatic electro-drive, Moscow Power Engineering Institute. For additional details please Boaz Wachtel Tel: 972-544573679, PO Box 3599, Kefar Netter 40593