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Pongamia 5781 A - Carbon sequestration on the Negev desert

We're thrilled to delve deeper into the outcomes of our research centered on the pilot Pongamia tree plantation in the Negev Desert. Our findings focus on the remarkable Carbon sequestration capabilities of our elite variety 5781 A, thriving under the harshest desert climates and on entirely barren soil.

At KESSLER, we champion the belief that combating climate change hinges significantly on sustainable land management. Evidence has shown that forests managed sustainably, particularly those adept at naturally sequestering carbon dioxide, possess the most significant potential to mitigate the impacts of climate change.

Land degradation and desertification threaten the sustenance and prosperity of millions, particularly in arid regions. Reclaiming degraded areas, restoring natural ecosystems, fostering regenerative agriculture, and afforestation barren lands are top priorities for many global leaders and nations, notably those in Africa, the Middle East, and Australia. The extensive degradation caused by human activity and rapid industrialization demands our commitment to restore these areas, recognizing their significance not just for agriculture but for the well-being of future generations.

We've previously shared insights into our elite 5781-A varieties, highlighting their exceptional physicochemical attributes—ranging from oil and protein content to solid biomass—and their potential as low-carbon energy sources. Today, we present our research findings on Carbon sequestration, which pleasantly surprised us by affirming the value of this variety in reforestation and reclaiming degraded lands. Employing cutting-edge cultivation technologies developed by leading experts at the Israeli ARO institute, we witnessed astounding growth of this variety in extreme conditions: rapid tree development, abundant lush leaves releasing oxygen into the atmosphere, and even the emergence of green fruits within the second year, all fostering optimism.

Our study analyzed carbon dioxide absorption across three parts of our trees: Roots, Stem, and Leaves. The chart below outlines these findings.

What's most significant from this experience:

  • The Pongamia 5781-A genetic variety absorbs vast quantities of carbon dioxide even in severe climatic and soil conditions.

  • Its robust root system facilitates the distribution of natural nitrogen into the soil, fostering natural regeneration.

  • The copious, magnificent leaves generate substantial amounts of oxygen, contributing positively to the environment.

The elite trees are ready to be planted worldwide in dedicated commercial smart carbon plantations model by KESSLER & ARO.

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