Israeli startup builds system that can both heat and cool crop roots to increase yield, while consuming little energy; Israel’s NRGene is helping Bridgestone Americas to breed the guayule rubber plant to provide enough latex to create a new rubber production industry in the US; Israeli startup Morphisec develops cybersecurity products that use moving target defense technology to protect against ransomware, evasive attacks and cyber threats that have no current protection, and much more.
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
Stress relief for crops
Israeli agriculture startup Roots Sustainable Agricultural Technologies has built a system that can both heat and cool crop roots to increase yields while consuming very little energy. Roots has just broken into the lucrative Chinese agriculture market via Israeli agricultural integrator company Dagan.
Breeding high-yield rubber plants
Israel’s NRGene is helping Bridgestone Americas to breed the guayule rubber plant to provide enough latex to create a new rubber production industry in the US. The first-ever two guayule genomes have already been sequenced and completely assembled.
Cybersecurity defends against moving targets
Israeli startup Morphisec develops cybersecurity products that use moving target defense technology to protect against ransomware, evasive attacks and cyber threats that have no current protection.
Ecological products from wood pulp
Israel’s Melodea has developed a process for extracting cellulose nano crystals (CNC/NCCs) from wood pulp. These are then made into packaging, insulation panels and reinforcing acrylic paints and plastics. Melodea has just received $5 million of funds from Brazilian forestry giant Klabin.
Arrow 3 defense system tested successfully
Israel has successfully tested its Arrow 3 long-range missile interceptor. The Israel Defense Ministry tested the system together with the US Missile Defense Agency. Arrow 3, a joint Israel-US development, is one of the most powerful missile defense systems in the world.
Satellite broadband for Mexico
I reported previously (Apr 2012) that Israel’s Gilat Satellite Networks was powering Mexico’s largest commercial TV broadcaster. Now Gilat has won a multi-million-dollar project from Mexico’s Hispasat to deliver broadband services across Mexico. https://www.gilat.com/pressreleases/hispasat-selects-gilat-for-a-multi-million-dollar-project-to-deliver-broadband-services-in-mexico/
Dairy farm for Papua New Guinea
I’ve reported previously (several times)about Israel’s amazing dairy technology. Ronen Feigenbaum of Israel’s Alefbet is now building the first dairy farm for Papua New Guinea. Israeli companies supplied the equipment for milking, growing silage, and collecting and treating river water.
65 international research agreements
Israel’s Chief Scientist, Dr Ami Appelbaum, is in London as a guest of Israel Bonds and revealed that his Israel Innovation Authority has signed 65 bilateral research agreements all over the world, most recently in Uruguay. He views Artificial Intelligence (AI) as Israel’s key tech growth area.
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