Fruit fly ‘Iron Dome’ for the farmers of India

Posted on September 24th, 2017
By Abigail Klein Leichman for Israel21c

Biofeed’s revolutionary no-spray, environmentally friendly solution against the Oriental fruit fly is a hit with Indian mango growers.

Shortly before Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Israel in early July, Indian diplomats in Israel heard about a revolutionary no-spray, environmentally friendly solution against the Oriental fruit fly (Bactrocera dorsalis) made by Biofeed, a 10-employee ag-tech company.

They invited Biofeed to be one of six innovative Israeli companies meeting with Modi and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The company’s founder and CEO Nimrod Israely, who has a PhD in fruit-fly ecology, told the two leaders that Biofeed’s product can protect Indian farmers against fruit flies like the Iron Dome system protects the people of Israel against missiles.

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You've never seen fruit this color before

Posted on September 17th, 2017
by Jaime Bender for FromtheGrapevine 

Pigments made from beets can enhance not only the color of your produce, but the nutritional value, too.

What can beets do for you? We already know they're packed with health benefits and make a great addition to lots of dishes, like salads, juices and hummus.

But did you know they can also make other foods healthier?

Researchers at the Weizmann Institute in Israel recently discovered that fruits and vegetables can be genetically engineered to produce betalains, the same pigments that give beets their vibrant red color. Potatoes, tomatoes and eggplants can be altered to give off a whole variety of colors without changing the look of the plants they grow on.

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Eat a purple potato if you know what’s good for you

Posted on September 10th, 2017
By Brian Blum for Israel21c

Israeli scientists synthesize healthier potatoes and tomatoes in brilliant colors. The technology can also produce unusually hued ornamental flowers

Are you ready for violet-colored potatoes? How about orange tobacco? Researchers at Israel’s Weizmann Institute of Science have figured out how to produce betalain pigments in plants and flowers that don’t normally have them.

If you’re thinking, “Who needs violet tomatoes?” you should know that red-violet and yellow betalain pigments contain healthful antioxidant properties. They’re also the basis for natural food dyes for products such as strawberry yogurt.

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Israeli institute trains Palestinian avocado growers

Posted on September 3rd, 2017
By Abigail Klein Leichman for Israel21c

Galilee International Management Institute enables Palestinian farmers to join Israeli growers in meeting high avocado demand in Europe.

This July was a month full of depressing news regarding diplomacy among Israel, the Palestinian Authority and Jordan.
And yet, far from the headlines, cooperation across these populations was thriving at the Galilee International Management Institute (GIMI) in Nahalal, a city in northern Israel.

During July alone, GIMI gave a training course to Jordanian, Palestinian and Israeli olive-oil producers, taught farmers from Palestinian Authority territories to grow avocados for export, and began planning a tele-course for Gazan computer engineers meant to lead to remote employment at Israeli companies.

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Solar Energy and Biblical Law

Posted on August 27th, 2017

According to the biblical law of pe’ah, when a farmer harvests his land he must leave the corners of his field for the poor (Leviticus 19).

And what about solar fields? A solar field transforms the sun’s rays into electricity–producing a renewable form of energy. In Israel, the Arava Power Company recently launched its first solar field. Named “Ketura Sun,” the field in the Negev desert consists of photovoltaic solar panels, which release no carbon into the atmosphere, and produce energy that goes directly to Israel’s electric grid.

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