The Saturas stem water potential concept was developed from the field by Dr. Moshe Meron, a senior researcher at MIGAL Research Institute and a leading member of the Saturas team. MIGAL supports about 10,000 farmers in the north of Israel, who produce approximately 20% of the national agriculture production and is internationally recognized as a hub of agro-innovation. This strong position in the field contributes a lot to our understanding of the farmers’ real needs. Saturas was established with funding and support from the Trendlines Agtech incubator, the only agriculture and food technology focused technology incubator in Israel, and a member of The Trendlines Group.
To date, Saturas has achieved proof of concept for our technology, and we have successfully tested our technique for embedding the sensor into the stem. The field tests were conducted on peach and citrus trees at the Hula Valley Orchards Experimental Farm. The results were consistent with the stem water potential measurement using manual measurement tools and successfully demonstrated continuous measurement of the water status in the tree.