Wednesday, September 15, 2010

No. 165: Water-saving agricultural technology goes to Australia (September 16, 2010)

The Kaiteki Institute, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Mitsubishi Chemical, concluded an agreement with Victoria State government of Australia to spread water-saving agricultural technology in Australia. Using the special polymer membrane, the technology allows for growing vegetables like tomato in the greenhouse with small amount of water. It is supposed to enjoy great demand in Australia suffering from water shortage. Developed by Mebiol Inc. in Kanagawa Prefecture, the special polymer membrane has the mechanism to take in necessary water and nutrients efficiently under it. In the course of cultivating tomatoes in Japan, it was confirmed that greenhouse cultivation using this technology needed only about 5% of water needed by the cultivation in the open air. The company is trying to apply this technology to the open air cultivation of corns like wheat. Mitsubishi Chemical will cooperate with Mebiol to mass produce the polymer membrane.
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