NOVEL MATERIALS FOR PRECISION AGRICULTURE

NOVEL MATERIALS FOR PRECISION AGRICULTURE

Details

 
Most recently, we have developed superhydrophobic sand mulches in our laboratory towards reducing the loss of water from arable soils. When laid as a ~5 mm thick layer on topsoils in arid environments, superhydrophobic sand mulches maintain higher soil-water-content in comparison to unmulched soils. As a result, the yields of crops increase signicantly. Currently, we are conducting field-trials with dierent crops and irrigation regimes (including salty water), developing farm machinary, and testing the degradabilty of this material. This approach might strengthen the global food-water-energy nexus. 

Collaborators

Mark Tester (KAUST), Matt McCabe​ (KAUST)