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Pongamia 5781-A: Above-ground biomass. Fast-growing tree in the desert

Continuing our series, we're thrilled to share the remarkable progress of our elite Pongamia 5781-A tree variety.


Evaluating a tree's suitability for cultivation in a specific soil and climate often hinges on its above-ground visual aspects: how it grows, develops, and forms its crown, along with leaf production.


The KESSLER & ARO research team tested and researched biomass growth on three soil types: Negev desert (sterile desert soil), potting mix, and Central Israel.


The provided graph showcases exceptional results for desert/degraded soil. The tests were conducted in 2022 and 2023. In 2022, it was evident that biomass growth in desert soil was twice as high as in potting mix soil and over 2.5 times better than in Central Israel soil; this affirmed that our elite variety holds promise for restoring degraded soil, revitalizing desert ecosystems, and enhancing biodiversity.


A breakthrough emerged in 2023, with nearly five times greater biomass growth observed on desert soil compared to potting mix and Central Israel soils. These results underscore our genetic effectiveness in combatting global warming and rehabilitating degraded environments.


The most remarkable biomass growth generates:

  • Greater CO2 consumption and oxygen production (more Carbon Credits)

  • Greater fruit yield for the production of low-carbon energy sources (both solid and liquid)

  • Counteracting the desertification process and regenerating degraded areas


KESSLER warmly thanks the esteemed specialists of ARO and the Ministry of Agriculture for their partnership and achievements in developing cutting-edge cultivation technologies and the most advanced oil tree variety that is fruitful in desert and degraded regions. Together, we've achieved remarkable success.





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