Israel’s Exotech Bio Solutions has developed a way that would, so to say, make plants even more environment friendly. Or more specifically, have plants require 80% less water. The firm has developed naturally-derived super-absorbent polymers (SAPs) that allow plants to grow in less water, and since these SAPs are derived from natural materials from a technology that is based on water, they are far better than the other (SAPs), which mostly are created as acrylic byproducts of oil.
The Volcani Institute is currently testing these SAPs. SAP reservoirs sit under the soil and provide plant roots with the amount of water that they would need, in a way that is much more efficient than conventional systems. The increased efficiency leads to nearly 80% savings in water. Over time, the SAP degrades into ammonia, which is a fertilizer for crops. Researchers claim that after a few cycles, there would be no requirement for using chemical fertilizers.