Evofuel successfully develops mechanical harvesting solution for castor bean plants

October 29, 2018 |

In Israel, Evofuel Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Evogene Ltd. and Fantini s.r.l announced the successful development of a mechanical harvesting solution for castor bean plants. The solution developed has shown a significant decrease in yield losses, from up to 50% with the current solutions to as low as 5% with the combination of the harvester and Evofuel proprietary castor varieties and growth protocols in two consecutive year field trials in Israel during 2017-2018.

The new mechanical harvester is being developed by a consortium of Evofuel and Fantini s.r.l, together with Castor Oil Argentina S.A., an Argentinian company created to introduce castor as an extensive crop in the country, and BioFields SAPI de CV, a Mexican company focused  on delivering innovative castor-based bio-products. In the coming months semi-commercial scale field trials are expected to take place with Castor Oil Argentina S.A. and BioFields SAPI de CV.

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