Migratory Birds in the Valley of Springs

Dear Members, Last Wednesday I visited the Valley of Springs region, with temperatures reaching 41 degrees Celsius. Israel lies between Europe and Africa, so all kinds of the migratory birds feed on the fish ponds in this wonderful area full of delicious food. The damage is huge and there is…

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Weed Disruption of Field Crops

Weeds in the field are a very difficult problem that the whole world is dealing with. The competition for soil resources between weeds and agricultural crops reduces the possibilities of cultivated crops and reduces the height and quality of the crop. The question of the damage to wheat, barley and…

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Migal – Avocado Breakthrough

Shalom Friends, Attached is a newspaper article about the achievement of Migal’s new company. Until recently the worldwide attempt by researchers to grow avocado plants from tissue culture has failed. Several years ago an ICA grant was given to the Migal accelerator and Dr. Lior Rabinowitz succeeded in achieving this…

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Managing Fruit Shelf Life

Hi Friends, Three years ago a researcher from Migal asked ICA for a grant that proposed a simple solution to manage fruit shelf life. ICA approved it and continued contact with the  entrepreneur until the patent was completed. Migal has recently opened a company that is raising money to start…

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Acid rot can be found in a large number of fruits

There are many types of fruit rot that severely impair crop and profitability in the fruit industries. The study funded by the ICA “Sour rot in grapes” deals with this disease in edible grapes. The disease is caused by the drosophila fly that lays its eggs in the grape cluster…

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Kibbutz Pelech

Kibbutz Pelech is located on a hill overlooking the entire Western Galilee. At one end you can see Rosh Hanikra and at the other side you can see the Carmel and Haifa. The whole Mediterranean is right under your palm. amazing place. This young kibbutz began its journey in organic…

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ICA Sites of Interest in Northern/Central Negev

The tour and visits took place on Monday, May 9, 2022 by a tourist grade mini-bus. Participating members: Zeev Miller; Yoki Lotan; Yafa Ben-Ami; Tal Grad; Yona Chen; Avner Hermoni; Doron Weiss; and Eli Lachmani. Zohar Farm in the Desert A farm owned and operated by an individual family of…

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Hackathon

Hi Yesterday and today we had an Hackathon at Gilat R&D the volcani research center in the Negev. The competition was held in ICA’s houses. More than 150 researchers , farmers, AG industry engineers students and invest companies took place in it.  The main issue was how to reduce the…

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MILK-TECH Department

Shalom Friends, The Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Council established the SouthUp Accelerator with ICA support. Recently, a unique department dealing with dairy farms was added to this Accelerator. A few days ago I attended an Accelerator ceremony during which MILK-TECH, the tech arm of the dairy industry was inaugurated. Its partners…

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