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Lavie Bio develops natural bacteria-based products to help improve yields , quality and sustainability of agricultural crops.
Many experts argue that the process of developing and adapting advanced agricultural technologies needs to be urgently stepped up to feed the world's growing population.
This claim has recently been reinforced by the global wheat shortage due to Russia's* invasion of Ukraine , a major producer of wheat, and a marked rise in prices in Israel and many other countries.
The company's new product allows for a significant increase in wheat yields by coating wheat seeds, which helps plants optimally obtain nutrients from the soil, such as phosphorus, sulfur and iron, and thus increase yields.
The company says that these improvements in wheat nutrient utilization result in greater resilience to changing and challenging environmental conditions such as water scarcity, climate change, and adaptation to growing areas.
This development was made possible by a computing technology engine called MicroBoost AI developed by parent company Evogene. This engine combines advanced big data and AI computing capabilities, as well as extensive biological knowledge.
The product was launched this year for the first time in North Dakota after extensive field testing spanning four years. Tests have shown that the use of this product can increase yield by approximately 3-4 bushels (90-120 kg) per acre (1 acre = 4 dunams).
Ofer Habib, CEO of Evogene, said there was a need to rapidly accelerate the transition from low-tech to advanced-tech agriculture, leading to higher yields and improved longevity, while lowering costs with a focus on sustainability.
Biotech companies are leading the way with innovative and knowledge-rich products that meet the needs of both farmers and the environment. He adds that solutions are needed to the main problems that the global agricultural industry and humanity will face in the next few years.
Also, Habib says that if today we do not invest in advanced technologies to improve crops, this will lead to a difficult and even a dangerous crisis for all people. Sounds like a prophecy of anger, but it's a rolling snowball that needs to be stopped right now.
There is an urgent need for solutions to improve yields in wheat and other crops, and the way forward is through innovative, groundbreaking scientific and technological developments.