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Reshaping Weed Control for a Healthier Future Webinar – July 20th 3pm CST

Zasso has been invited to join the iSelect Fund webinar:

It’s been nearly 30 years since we discovered a new type of herbicide, and every year the number of chemical-resistant weed strains continues to march higher. Today, there are more than 35 different glyphosate-resistant weed types worldwide, and regulators are increasingly pushing for clean, non-chemical solutions.

Learn how electricity is being used to address this market at “Reshaping Weed Control for a Healthier Future,” a free webinar to be held July 20th at 3PM CST with Dirk Vandenhirtz, CEO of Zasso Group. (Even if you can’t make the live broadcast, registered users will be able to view a recording on our website after the fact.)

Register now.

Zasso Group’s electroherb system can be attached to a conventional tractor, delivering an electrical current below the surface that kills invasive weeds at the root. Unlike other non-chemical herbicides, this system is fast and long-lasting, preventing erosion and allowing for good water infiltration on treated fields.

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Self-driving measurement robot for testing soil resistance

To improve our Zasso digital herbicide the team developed a self-driving robot system which can continuously measure the soil resistance. The data are now feed back into the development of the second-generation equipment, to help to improve efficiency. The latest 3 kVA unit is running multiple tests on different plots. With 3 times more energy we can improve average speed and width of the application of the digital herbicide. In parallel we run ecotoxicology tests to proof that the application is not harmful to beneficial organism such as earthworm, bees and ants.

 

 

Biological and practical effects of Electroherb on plants

As chemical weed control in cities, on traffic routes and particularly on hard surfaces is practically banned since 2017, currently the only remaining approaches are thermic and me­chanical methods. For all their diversity, both have in common that they hardly ever pene­trate the soil and ultimately only kill off the plant leaves. Their aim is to starve the roots more or less quickly, depending on the plant species, and this way cause die-off. Contrary to the chemical approach, this non-systemic and hardly selective effect demands a relatively high frequency of treatment, particularly if the plants were able to collect solar energy in subterranean organs over a longer period of time which would enable them to regrow.
In contrast, the Electroherb system, tried and tested in Brazil and now introduced in Europe by zasso, offers yet again a systemic approach, by entering the leaves of the plant and then destructively spreading right down into the roots, similar to for example Glyphosate. The difference being that there is no chemistry involved at all, because the Electroherb method employs electric high energy instead.

 

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Fig. from l. to r.: 1. Dark-green, damaged leaves 5 minutes after treatment. 2. Grass turned brown and dry after 24 hours. 3. Recolonization after eight weeks only in areas where invasive grass can enter. 4. Establishment of herbaceous flowering plants as there is no competition from grass, creating a superior food supply for insects.

The electroweeding process works as follows: If (and only if!) an electric applicator touches a plant, many cells in the leave are already destroyed straight away, like blanching, but with­out a lot of heat; the leaves then initially discolor to dark-green (so-called “wet clothes ef­fect”) and all released cell sap is quickly drying out. At the same time the electrical field de­stroys the electronically charged chlorophyll molecules, which turns the plants yellow-brown. The current spreads through the water and nutrition transport system within the stems and roots and destroys these systems within seconds. As the dried-out plants re­main in place and shades the soil. New plants will have a hard time settling in, just like with chemical herbicide treatment, and depending on soil and climate conditions this will take between 30 and 120 days. If necessary, the plant material can be removed and disposed off mechanically right after extermination. In contrast to chemical treatments this is possible without losing any effectiveness on the root system.
With the energy generated from 1 liter of diesel, around 15 000 to 150 000 plants can be eradicated, depending on their size and the soil conditions.

 

Ökofeldtage in Frankenhausen (Germany)

Zasso showcased its Electroherb at a German traidfare for the first time

At the first Ökofeldtage in Frankenhausen (21-22 June 2017) many visitors from all over the world were able to get more information about the Electroherb. Almost 10 People non-stop were at our booth and were highly interested in our product.

Furthermore, we were glad to welcome a lot of journalists, who have already mentioned us or will do it within the next days in there highly rated magazines. Alongside these articles, Zasso had its first appearance in German Television and Radio. In the next days we will highlight some articles on our news-page.

Many thanks to the organisers of the Ökofeldtage for the possibility to participate in as an example of Innovation and for the provision of the tractor by Massey Ferguson . See you next year!

 

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SWISS NO-TILL Zasso Field Day

Zasso has been invited to demonstrate the latest Digital Herbicide technology in Switzerland together with Swiss No Till. The event was a great success and you can track the results of the application here: www.no-till.ch/index.php/veranstaltungen/items/flurbegehung-ost.html

Please contact our application expert Matthias Eberius  matthias.eberius@zasso.de directly to receive further data on the trial

If you which to have a look at the result please visit

  • Biezwil SO
  • Oberacker, Rütti Zollikofen BE

 

Zasso impressions at Swiss No Till application

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European trial time series (Agro-System)

End of  April 2017. Zasso Germany started the first Public European test of the  Electroherb agro-system for digital weeding during the Zasso Day meeting. Before the system was electrically adapted to the European soil conditions which differ significantly from those in southern Brazil.

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Instead of using a rear-applicator, we used a full width front-applicator to avoid compaction of weeds prior to Electroherb treatment which would be created by the wheels of the tractor otherwise.
This applicator is height-adjustable on the front three-point powerlift adapting the applicator inclination to areas with different plant height.

Like all other agro-systems, the mechanical energy of the tractor is converted to a high-frequency and high-voltage by a generator and converter unit at the rear and passed through cables to the front applicators. Electric energy is flowing from one applicator through shoot, root and soil to the second applicator passing additional plants and closing the circuit.
Even if April was very rainy and the soil surfaces were very moist, we found one sunny day with dry conditions while air temperature remained still low. The testing area was a hardly cultivated meadow which was mainly grazed by horses. This scenario ensured quite different weeds and types of grasses.
The immediate results were very promising. Even dense grasses became dark green after a few minutes and brownish after 6 hours.
Since the trials were made in Aachen, a city being well-known for rainy days, the weather was often very cloudy, cold and rainy on the days after the application.
Nevertheless, the grass and other weeds became more and more brownish. Sharp edges between treated and untreated areas showed impressively that only touched plants die and other are not harmed.
Time series made over the next weeks showed different modes of drying down. While thistles were already killed by comparatively low energy dosage, other grasses and weeds needed more energy. For some, a 2nd application and adapted applicators will be the next step to maximise the efficiency of the residue free weed killing.For first tests in Europe the results look very promising and further trials both of for agro and urban applications are ongoing.
Just download our Zasso time series here to see all results in Detail.

The Zasso Field Day was a rainy but a successful one.

Zasso Fieldday 2nd May

the team demonstrated the equipments to 90 interested parties from 11 different countries.
To offer a bilingual event the English Speakers Group started with the presentation of the technical concept and the German Group could have a look at the equipments.
The speaker for the presentation of the technical concept was Zasso’s CTO in Germany, Matthias Eberius, who has been involved in agro-innovation for more than 20 years, leading major developments in technologies for plant breeders.
Dirk Vandenhirtz, the CEO of Zasso Aachen, made the presentation of the equipment with the help of the German team and the Brazilian team.
After a lunchbreak the groups changed places. In the end, the Hon Major Marcel Phillipp – the city of Aachen-  , made a closing speech for the first Zasso Field Day.

Dirk said “Thank you all for coming, I hope you all enjoyed it. Thank you team for working hard and helping where you could in the organization of the event. I would also like to thank the city for providing us the field for the exhibition and especially to the mayor who took some of his time to be here and say some kind words to us.” closing his speech.

Download the presentation of the day here:

 

Some Pictures of the Zasso Fieldday

 

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Zasso presented its solutions at the 2017 World Agri-Tech

The company displayed its electrical weeding technology to the most relevant players of the sector

Baar, April 11th, 2017: Zasso, global specialist in key weed and invasive plant control technologies, displayed its electrical weeding solutions at the 2017 World Agri-Tech innovation summit, held in San Francisco, USA. The event gathers international stakeholders dedicated to advancing sustainable agriculture in both developed and developing markets.
“It was the perfect event for us to show our innovative Electroherb technology”, highlighted Zasso Group’s CEO Dirk Vandenhirtz.

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Zasso’s technology gathered the attention of top executives from the most important agriculture companies in the world and of the most relevant option makers of the sector.
“Our technology definitely made a positive impact in the event. We’ve got lots of queries from a wide range of executives”, highlighted Sergio Coutinho, CTO of the Zasso Group.
Zasso’s digital herbicide technology destroys both the shoots and the even more critical roots of plants by employing high-voltage charges. These powerful lightweight systems deliver robust results without requiring any chemical agro-toxics making it safe for the environment, the infrastructure and the people who live in the target regions.

About Zasso

Zasso Group specializes in key weed and invasive plant control technologies by using high-voltage electric power. Its breakthrough technology has been commercially proven through renewed contracts in the urban weed control market in South America.

Situated in Aachen, Germany, close to the economic and agricultural heartlands of Europe and near to RWTH Aachen University, Zasso integrates German university know-how and high-tech industry expertise in electro-physics, environment and agriculture.  Knowing that a safer world demands less chemicals, the company is working with partners worldwide, across verticals and regions, reshaping weed and invasive plant control for a healthier future.

Feel free to contact us at: http://zasso.eu/contact-en/ or info@zasso.de
Press contact:
Bernardo Andrade
Zasso Group
pr@zasso.de

Our last unboxing

Our Team in Aachen was happy about getting the Electroherb Model A from Zasso Brazil.

To improve the transfer of knowledge between Zasso Brazil and Zasso Germany, it was very helpful to have a system that can be used for operational purposes. Furthermore, our Team is now able to get an understanding of its efficacy under different conditions, e.g. regarding soil structure, weather and temperatures.
Zasso Germany is working on specialized applicators for different uses in urban and agricultural territory. Our aim is to construct the best applicators to have the best results in weed management. A maximum of high voltage contact to the weed surfaces must be guaranteed.

 

 

Zasso, global specialist in key weed and invasive plant control technologies by using systemic electric power, assembled its new Electroherb Model A in its Indaiatuba unit, in Brazil.  It uses a disruptive technology, developed by Zasso, that destroys both the shoots and the even more critical roots of plants by employing high-voltage charges. These powerful lightweight systems deliver safe and robust solutions without requiring any chemical agro-toxics making it safe for the environment, the infrastructure and people.

About Zasso
Zasso GmbH is situated in Aachen, Germany, close to the economic, agricultural and political heartlands of Europe and near to RWTH Aachen University. The company connects German university know-how and high-tech industry expertise in electrophysics, environment and agriculture with Swiss economic foresight and Brazilian long-term development competence.
Looking at the economic impact of efficient weeding worldwide, we are working with strong partners in different fields. Our aim is to be present on all major global markets in the near future. Making weeding a clean technology.

 

 

Zasso Group AG – Digital Herbicide timelapse video of industrial weed management in Brazil

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