NewSil – Si Technologies International

Obstacle Prolonged lack of rainfall inhibits the photosynthesis of plants, causes chlorophyll changes, and damages of the photosynthesis apparatus.

Innovation NewSil

Organization Type For-Profit

Country(ies) India, Indonesia, South Africa

Contact Arnoud Braun Email Si Technologies Website

Challenge

Worldwide droughts cause severe agricultural losses. Prolonged lack of rainfall inhibits the photosynthesis of plants, causes chlorophyll changes, and damages of the photosynthesis apparatus. Plants are inhibited from photochemical activities and see decreased enzyme activities.

Solution

Si Technologies found a way to stabilize silicic acid to strengthen crop resilience against droughts and extreme weather. With their product, NewSil, food crops can absorb silicon, resulting in a reduction of water consumption of 30-50%. Applying silicic acid to food crops is an affordable and environmentally friendly solution to reduce drought stress so crops can overcome periods of water shortages, which saves harvests.

How Does it Work?

Silicic acid, an important element in plant growth, is highly unstable. In the creation of NewSil, Si Technologies stabilized silicic acid in its monomeric form and added the element boron—making it the first and only product that found a way to increase silicon uptake by plants. NewSil is simply sprayed over crops, allowing for rapid uptake of the product. Plants will have increased drought tolerance by maintaining proper water balance, photosynthetic activity, and erectness of leaves and structure of xylem vessels under high transpiration rates. The best part: NewSil is a completely safe and natural product, with ingredients found widely in nature.

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