Designed and tested to improve substance uptake in plants
(Project under development)
The foliar spray is a common method for applying substances such as fertilizers, pesticides, and medicines to plants. However, the wax layer on plant leaves can make it difficult for these substances to be absorbed, as it prevents them from moving across the cuticle and into the leaves through the stomatal openings. This results in low absorption rates and increased expenses, as well as negative environmental impacts. In fact, studies have shown that less than 0.1% of sprayed substances actually reach their intended targets. To address this issue, many farmers and agricultural professionals are turning to alternative methods for applying substances to plants, such as Onteko's innovative laser selective ablation system.
Introducing Onteko's laser selective ablation system for improving substance uptake in plants. Our innovative method utilizes ultra-short pulse lasers to safely remove the wax cuticle on a plant's leaves, allowing for almost complete absorption of applied substances. The laser and substance applicator are integrated into a robotic arm for precise dosing, ensuring that your plants get the exact nutrients they need without any risk of damage. With Onteko's laser selective ablation system, you can maximize the effectiveness of your substance applications and improve the health and productivity of your plants.
Foliar spraying is a common method for applying fertilizers, pesticides, and other substances to plants. However, the wax layer on the surface of leaves can make it difficult for these substances to effectively penetrate the plant. This is because the wax layer helps prevent water loss and serves as a defense against pathogens and pests, but it also limits the movement of substances across the cuticle and into the leaves through the stomatal openings. As a result, the efficiency of foliar spraying is often low, leading to higher costs and negative environmental impacts. In fact, only a small fraction (e.g., less than 0.1%) of the agrochemicals sprayed in an agricultural field actually reaches the intended plant tissues
The agrochemicals market has seen significant growth in recent years, with a value of USD 221.38 billion in 2021 and predictions estimating it will reach USD 286.08 billion by 2030. These substances, used in modern agriculture to improve crop yields and protect crops from pests and diseases, are in high demand due to the growing global population and increased demand for food.
Onteko has developed a method called laser selective ablation to increase the efficiency of agrochemical uptake by plants. By increasing the efficiency of agrochemical uptake by plants, we can help to reduce the overall amount of these substances that are needed in agriculture. This not only has the potential to lower costs for farmers, but it also minimizes the risk of excess agrochemicals entering the environment and potentially causing harm.