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SALICROP - A Year of Impact in Action

Climate change and food security are two inseparable main issues of the 21st century.

Unpredictable climate changes mean plants are often exposed to various abiotic stresses that primarily include extreme temperature, high salinity, low soil nutrition, and radiation which all affect the productivity of plants, leading to lower plant growth and lower agricultural quality and yield.

To date, Salicrop has completed over 100 field trials in Israel, India and Europe with a strong group of influential global partners from the seed, agriculture, food and distribution sectors.

Syngenta partners with Salicrop to improve industrial Green Pea crops grown in saline conditions in Emek Ha’Maayanot

Salicrop has expanded its activities in Emek Ha’Maayanot (Valley of the Springs) in order to develop industrial Green Pea seed enhancement for tolerance under saline soils.

Soil salinization is considered a significant abiotic stress factor that causes crop loss all over the world. Therefore, major seed companies are anxious for a technology that can maximize crop yield and minimize financial losses.

The goal of this joint field trial is to determine which enhancement would best support an increase in Green Pea yield when grown in saline soils.

This was conducted in collaboration with Tirat Zvi farmers, Havat Eden R&D, and Syngenta.

Because of the challenges to crop yield the valley’s high saline soils present, regional farmers are very motivated to introduce new, profitable crops to their fields, such as Green Pea.

Picture: Guy Sherry

Corteva, one of the largest agricultural companies in the world, partners with Salicrop in India on Pearl Millet and Rice Resiliency Under Climate change

This cooperation is part of the Corteva's strategy called "Climate Positive Commitments." The strategy focuses on supporting farmers towards more environmentally sustainable farming practices and systems - systems that also encourage efficient crop production to fulfill the needs of growing populations.

The collaboration with Salicrop, which focuses on crop improvement for CORTEVA's Pearl Rice and Semolina commercial varieties grown in saline soils, aims to maximize these seeds’ genetic potential for thriving under India’s extreme growing conditions.

This collaboration began in 2020 and has progressed from the laboratory stage to the field stage. Currently, this project is in the pre-commercial stage.

Salicrop began selling Tomato treatments to the Israeli Tomato industry to improve yields under extreme climate conditions.

In the upcoming season, Salicrop is expected to manage about 250 ha of industrial Tomatoes globally.

Industrial Tomato processing accounts for 50%- 60% of the total vegetable processing market in Israel, making it one of the most valuable crops in the country.

For the third year in a row, Salicrop will begin an extensive collaboration with growers, researchers, and industrial processing plants. It will also expand its activities to examine the impact of seed treatment on crops grown under heat stress.

Global warming is causing tomato plants stress; affecting the global harvest. Due to this, we are expanding our collaborations to Europe and Africa: Salicrop will continue its partnerships for a second year in Italy and Spain as well as expanding to other markets such as Portugal and Senegal. This will be done in collaboration with one of the largest Tomato processing companies in the world, the Spanish company CONESA and the Japanese company KAGOME.

Salicrop and Hazera 1939 will carry out a series of experiments in developing countries with local Wheat varieties as well as with their own seeds.

Hot, dry, and saline conditions severely damage Wheat crops, which are a strategic crop in Middle East and Africa Hazera 1939, in cooperation with local companies and governments, develops seed crop varieties that are resistant to extreme climate conditions. The result is an increase in crop yield and quality.

The Salicrop company will take part in these experiments by treating the seeds. The goal is to create greater resistance to the abiotic conditions that prevail in those countries.

Picture: Guy Sherry

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