KESSLER's genetics – Carbon sequestration and nitrogen fixation
In today's post, we are delighted to share with you another significant effect of our research on Smart Carbon Plantations and the elite genetics of KESSLER's Pongamia trees developed in partnership with the state of Israel Agriculture Research Organization.
One of the goals of the many tests our company conducted on our genetic varieties was to find out how resistant they are and the varieties' behavior per soil quality.
We comprehend from our previous experiences and the results acquired from different parts of the world (Australia, India, Indonesia, and other countries) that only a sufficiently strong genetic variety that tolerates extreme soil conditions (degraded soil and desert), giving the right quality and quantity of products can become the future solution for the energy transformation, reduction of GHG emissions into the atmosphere, and the most appropriate use of degraded and barren land to restore their agricultural value.
Together with the scientists from ARO Israel, we conducted a set of tests of our genetic variation on three types of soil:
On desert soil, entirely devoid of any value
On the Mediterranean climate soil (in the central and northern parts of the State of Israel)
On high-quality soil used in nursery cultures
The research plan and protocols were developed and performed by ARO specialists.
After the time limit set by the test conditions, our team released the plants from the soil, thoroughly cleaned them, and analyzed them. The concerned analysis research is focused on:
Carbon sequestration - CO2 absorption based on the increase in the plant biomass (sum weight of root + stem + leaves).
Nitrogen fixation - the quantity and mass of nodules on the root system and the materials they accumulate.
The results of the experiment show the increase in biomass and the quantity and mass of nodules on the root system is three times greater for the plants grown on barren and desert soil than on high-quality soil used in a nursery.
To summarize the testing results, KESSLER & ARO revealed fascinating and positive results of absorbing co2 and nitrogen fixation. The conclusion is that KESSLER's trees are most beneficial in arid conditions and perform the best results of land reclamations, combating desertification, and converting poor soils into fertile and ideal for agricultural use.
We present two photos of our Pongamia plants on typical soil from the center region of Israel and from the desert soil, showing the vast amount of nitrogen our trees produce. We will publish further detailed information soon as it is a piece of precious data.