In contrast with many overly-scientific approaches to improving agriculture, including genetic manipulation, the development of harsh and dangerous chemicals, or research into complex and expensive machinery.
Seed encapsulation ensures that included fertilizers, pesticides, or fungicides remain near the seed.
This reduces cost significantly in contrast to bare seed planting materials that require broadcast spreading of these agrochemicals. Conventional broadcast fertilizers and side-dressing fertilizers can be wasteful. We have designed the KAPSOL™ Platform to work with standard farm equipment.
By dramatically reducing cycle times, farmers can potentially produce significantly more crops per growing season. The KAPSOL™ Platform intends to provide uniform growth resulting in greater predictability and control over production.
The KAPSOL™platform serves as a micro-environment which may protect and nourish the seed from planting through germination, even in poor soil conditions.
Once watered, the dissolved capsule releases a customized blend of nutrients and agrochemicals. Based on our studies, plants grown using KAPSOL™ Platform have a significantly higher biomass than conventionally planted seeds. We also found that by week twelve, our KAPSOL™ plants were significantly taller.
KAPSOL™ contains an extremely minimal percentage of the chemical treatments used in conventional farming. By dosing ingredients in a factory-controlled environment, we are able to accurately measure quantities with scientific precision using only what the seed requires to grow and no more.
Handling certain agrochemicals can be potentially dangerous. With our encapsulation process, we eliminate the need for direct human handling of chemicals in the field.
Rather than making multiple passes over a field broadcasting excess chemicals, when using the platform each seed capsule can include a time-release controlled amount of antimicrobial, insecticide, and fertilizer under the ground. This results in a steady release of chemicals in exactly the locations where they can be best utilized by the plant.