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Company Overview

Roots – Sustainable Agricultural Technologies Ltd. is developing and commercializing disruptive, modular, cutting-edge technologies to address critical problems being faced by agriculture today, including plant climate management via root zone temperature optimisation and the shortage of water for irrigation.

Roots has developed proprietary know-how and patents to optimize performance, lower installation costs, and reduce energy consumption to a minimum — all in order to bring maximum benefit to farmers.

Roots was established in 2012 and graduated in 2016 from the prestigious technology incubator program administered by the Israel Chief Scientist Office.

Key Technologies
1>> Root Zone Temperature Optimisation (RZTO)

Significantly increases yield, improves quality, saves energy and mitigates extreme heat and cold stress. This technology includes:

  • Root zone heating and cooling based on ground source heat exchange (GSHE), operated solely by circulation pumps
  • Root zone heating and cooling based on hybrid systems — GSHE with a circulation pump + heat pumps
  • Root zone heating and cooling based solely on heat pumps
  • Cooling and heating water and growing solutions in hydroponic facilities
  • A combination of root zone heating and cooling systems with irrigation by condensation
  • A combination of root zone heating and cooling systems with managing irrigation and fertilisation
  • Multi-purpose, “all in one” pipes for heat/chill diffusion and fertigation (fertilisation+irrigation) in the root zone

2>> Irrigation By Condensation (IBC)

Provides water for irrigation from moisture in the air and soil

Intellectual Property:
Two USA patents have been granted in 16 countries. An additional and significant patent is in the PCT stage and pending in multiple territories.

Products
How does Roots compare to its ASX-listed peers?  >>
  • Graduate of a technology incubator under the supervision of the Israeli Chief Scientist Office.
  • Two core technologies and multiple products targeting a broad International agricultural market
  • An innovation leader in root zone cooling
  • No regulatory barriers, as opposed to many agriculture companies in the chemical or biological sectors
  • International collaboration agreements with key players in Israel, Europe, and pending in Asia
  • Early access to emerging Israeli technological development partners and to an advanced testing environment
  • Backed by a Board, management team and scientific advisory board with a strong track records in the agritech industry, innovation, international finances, and academia
  • Numerous positive citations in professional and popular media
    ROOTS is developing:
  • Technologies that increase yields with significant energy and water savings, while enhancing product quality and food security
  • Proprietary products, based on protected intellectual property
  • Products backed by years of field testing
How is Roots different from other agritech companies?  >>

Roots brings agricultural expertise and methodological rigor to the world of agriculture, and strives for the highest quality in its products.
Roots develops products that address critical problems in agriculture: how to influence the plant’s growing climate in an environmentally sustainable way and how to provide water for irrigation in an era of diminishing access to water sources. It also has granted and pending patents in major agricultural countries worldwide.

Roots’ technologies were recognized as disruptive and important by NASA Tech Briefs Magazine, which chose Irrigation by Condensation (IBC) as one of the ‘Technologies of the Month’.
The Guardian (UK) covered the Roots temperature optimization technology and deemed it one of the very few technologies with the potential to impact hunger worldwide.
(https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jun/01/how-to-feed-9-billion-people-startups-global-food-problem-agriculture-venture-capital)

What is Roots' corporate structure?  >>

Roots is an Israeli registered company listed on the Australian Stock Exchange (Symbol ROO)

  • Roots operates from an office with a 1-acre adjunct testing site in Moshav Beit Halevy in central Israel
    Following Admission, the Board shall be comprised of one (1) non-executive Director, two (2) executive Directors (one of whom is the Company’s Chief Executive Officer and the Chairman), and two (2) outside non-executive Directors.
    Sharon Devir shall serve as an executive Director, Chairman of the Board as well as the Company’s Chief Executive Officer. Boaz Wachtel shall serve as an Executive Director. Adam Blumenthal shall serve as a Non-Executive Director. Graeme Smith and Tal Misch Vered shall serve as outside Directors. [link to team page]
What products is Roots bringing to market?  >>

Roots is developing three distinct technologies (including their intellectual property) and product lines to meet the challenges of global agriculture:

  • Root zone temperature optimisation, the Company’s key technology focus, is sold in three configurations: Basic – 1) Ground Source Heat Exchange (GSHE) with circulation pump only, 2) Hybrid – GSHE with Heat pump, and 3) Heat pump only.
  • Irrigation by Condensation – which provides water for irrigation from moisture in the air and soil. Currently in Alpha testing after a successful POC stage.
  • An integrated, all in one, multi-function pipe to emit water and fertilizers coupled with root zone cooling/heating diffusion at the root zone area. This product is intended to decrease fertilisation by incorporating root zone heating and cooling with the “all in one” pipe.