Land Life Company, a Dutch company founded in 2013 and specializing in reforestation and ecosystem restoration, has developed a revolutionary doughnut-shaped device, which they call Cocoon (cocoon in Spanish) , who serves for planting trees and young saplingsproviding protection and nutrients; and helps improve their chances of survival and development.
This invention, which has already been tested in Spain, is designed to help seeds germinate during their first year. To do this, it provides water (up to 25 liters) and shelter, while stimulating it to produce a healthy and deep root and extract water from the subsoil, as the company explains on its website. As a result, Cocoon gets free and healthy tree Which are not dependent on external irrigation and which are able to survive in extreme conditions.
The device from the Dutch company is not recent, but they have been improving it over the years. The first version of Cocoon was nothing like its current donut form. a device that is Inspired by pottery used in ancient Mesopotamia, At a time they surrounded a tree or a seed with three pots and filled them with water, which could last for days or weeks.
An ingenious invention that proved to be the first man-made drip irrigation system for trees and crops; It was not a perfect mechanism however, as the material was very heavy and prone to breakage. Ten years ago the Dutch company started prototyping the cocoon and they started using three lightweight cubes made from paper pulp surrounding a seed and watering it,
Two people holding a plant in a cocoon. Land Life Company Omicrono
Then he made the device out of recycled cardboard and it has a hole in the middle to put the seeds in. a lid that reduces water evaporation, The company also introduced hot pressing to create a soft pulp fiber product that ensures superior water retention, lid fit and is easy to stack for transport anywhere.
Seven versions later and retaining the donut design, the Dutch company finally came up with an improved version of its device. For example, in 2014 they used sticks to hold the seeds in place, while today they use a one-piece collapsible insert to protect the seeds from high radiation, wind, rodents and drying out. Not only that, but that cocoon Very resistant and biodegradable known today,
(Ingenious invention to avoid drought: allows irrigating farmland using 50% less water)
Now the Land Life Company team continues to work to make their invention as effective as possible based on field results from existing plantings; And it is that Cocoon is already present in more than 25 countries around the world, including Spain. This innovative system offers a range of benefits. the first one is Protects the plant from extreme environmental conditionsSuch as temperature changes, strong winds and drought.
This allows trees to survive in areas that are not initially favorable for them. It also retains soil moisture and creates a microclimate favorable for plant growth; While the material from which it is made provides essential nutrients to the plant for its growth. Once the tree reaches sufficient size and its roots penetrate the soil, the cocoon naturally turns into compost. Another advantage is that you can Save 1,500 liters of water with 80-95% tree survival rateAccording to Land Life Co.
The company, which has extensive experience growing trees and transforming landscapes, says its invention works best with technology-guided monitoring. In this way, once the trees are in the ground, their experts use techniques both on the ground and at a distance from it Monitor the effects of deforestation over time,
They also closely monitor location, species, vigor and other vital statistics using monitoring applications developed by the company. But it doesn’t stop there, because when the trees exceed a meter in height, the Land Life Company Uses drones with machine learning algorithms To geolocate them and monitor both their development and their survival.
Cocoon design with its lid. Land Life Company Omicrono
When trees are more than five years old, becomes in charge of the observation satellites at that time, Land Life Company notes that all statistics and information are securely stored in its database, which is later used for further analysis and provided to customers for better monitoring of their land. The company is currently working on new technologies that will be released within the next year.
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