Around 830 million people suffer from food insecurity, according to the UN, & that number is only expected to rise as the world population surges to around 10 billion by 2050. Identifying solutions to food insecurity on an international scale demands a strong collaborative effort.
From our advanced research & development (R&D) center in Rehovot, Israel, and other facilities in Brazil, Grace Breeding is pioneering the latest low-carbon emission, profitable green solutions for sustainable farmers and distributors.
We have also entered into a strategic R&D collaboration with the State University
of Londrina (UEL), based in Paraná State, Brazil. Most recently, UEL evaluated our Maoz™ NFT product, testing corn plants in both the lab and greenhouse settings.
Brazil Field Trials of Grace Breeding’s Environmentally Friendly Maoz™ (NFT Bio-Fertilizer) in Corn – operated by Eurofins – Show Trifold Economic Benefit To Farmers While Using 50% Less Urea
The UEL team found that the use of Maoz™ resulted in significantly reduced carbon emissions compared to common nitrogen fertilizers. Maoz™ also helped to accelerate the germination process and enabled a drastic reduction in the use of nitrogen—up to 50% during cultivation.
The Eurofins team found that the use of Maoz™in Brazil, showed additional yield using half the amount of the commercial fertilization typically used by the farmer, with reduced manpower and labor costs.
Farmers can also use carbon credits as a source of revenue using Maoz, which relies on 50% less urea. The estimated earnings to farmers when using Maoz have the potential to be $ 250/hectare.
Using Maoz, the cost savings benefits to farmers and the potential for additional
income are represented in the graph (Figure 1), below:
Our objective when developing Maoz™ was to improve the absorption of nutrients from the soil, as well as increase the efficiency of nitrogenous feeding. The new product would allow farmers to significantly reduce their dependence on synthetic fertilizer.
Maoz™ was tested extensively in farm-scale maize in Brazil and it is currently subject to a number of trials by leading key farmers and distributors across the country.
The State of Israel has a long multi-decade history of searching outside the box in the quest to secure adequate water and food. From the cherry tomato and desalinating ocean water to fruit-picking robots, Grace Breeding continues to apply Israeli creativity in agriculture for the benefit of the entire world.
Yields were increased as shown below (Figure 2), when tested in two different locations
in Brazil, while using half the amount of synthetic nitrogen fertilizer containing urea:
Trial Objective : To evaluate the potential reduction of nitrogen fertilizer in maize field, with & w/o Biological becteria
Parameters to be evaluated : To evaluate the potential reduction of nitrogen fertilizer in maize field, with & w/o Biological becteria