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Certis Europe and Zasso GmbH enter into Development Collaboration


Guidelines stipulated by the legislator mean that integrated plant management for railway tracks is becoming more and more difficult. Certis, with its proven expertise in weed control on railway systems, helps to overcome all rail technical challenges.

Zasso GmbH and Certis Europe are therefore planning to launch trials this year in order to develop Zassos’ Electroherb Technology, which is already established in the agricultural sector, on to the rail tracks.

In cooperation with railway companies, test tracks areas have already been identified where weeds and invasive plants can be treated with the help of a Certis-modified road-rail vehicle. Initial trials in 2018 have already shown that the Zasso technology can sustainably combat a wide range of weeds right down to the roots.

Find more information in the press release.

Electroherb units keeping urban traffic areas free from weeds

Adrian Percy – new member of our Advisory Board

Zasso is pleased to announce the expansion of its Advisory Board. This Board helps shape and guide the strategy of Zasso Digital Herbicide, working closely with the leadership team to capitalize on future growth opportunities. Adrian Percy will work together with Philippe Herve, Marcus Heppner, and  Jean-Pierre Ergas.

Adrian Percy has more than 25 years of experience in the plant protection and agricultural industry and is a strong advocate of solutions based on modern agriculture. He is also a strong proponent of the development and adoption of new agricultural and food technologies that promote global food security while protecting the environment.

Adrian previously served as the Head of Research & Development for the Crop Science division of Bayer. He has held numerous positions in the research and development departments of Rhone Poulenc, Aventis CropScience and Bayer in France, Germany, and the United States. In 2014, Adrian joined the Executive Committee of the Bayer, division Crop Science as Head of Research and Develop and led internal and open innovation activities in the areas of crop protection chemistry and biologicals, as well as seeds and traits. He now frequently acts as an agricultural industry representative as well as an adviser to companies seeking to develop new farming and food technology for the marketplace.

Adrian Percy declares: “I am delighted to join the Advisory Board of Zasso and support their mission of developing innovative and sustainable technologies which will help farmers around the world combat the very real threat of weed resistance.”

“We are honored to welcome Adrian to our Advisory Board, said Dirk Vandenhirtz, Chief Executive Officer of Zasso Digital Herbicide. “Adrian Percy’s knowledge of ag-technologies combined with his expertise in the field of plant protection will make it possible to reconcile the challenges of the various industrial players on the market. Through his worldwide scientific network, Adrian Percy will bring invaluable knowledge to our management team in the development and strengthening of its solutions.”


Find more information in the press release. Furthermore, you can meet Adrian Percy at the Zasso Field Day on 4 June 2019, where he will give an exciting lecture.


CNHi and Zasso form strategic cooperation for next-generation herbicide

AGXTEND – XPower by Zasso

The following video presents Zasso’s XPower system, which is included in the AGXTEND brand from CNHi.

CNH Industrial launches new Precision Farming aftermarket brand AGXTEND

Today our partner CNHi has officially launched the AGXTEND brand. Read and download the full press release here: press release

this is a great step forward in digital farming industry and Zasso is happy to be part of this journey.  Follow the X to get further information

CNH Industrial launches new Precision Farming aftermarket brand AGXTEND




CNHi and Zasso form strategic cooperation for next-generation herbicide

Zasso and CNHi are expanding their range of Precision Farming applications with XPower to help farmers optimize their field, crop and weed management. The new platform will improve farmers’ yields as well as reduce the chemical herbicide consumption and thus protect the environment.

Cooperation as a logical step

The new XPower by Zasso system enables non-selective burndown applications such as field preparation, potato haulm desiccation and special treatments for wine grapes and trees.
“The partnership with Zasso and its XPower solution is the next logical step after the Europe-wide RTK network and the GNSS Guidance and Machine Control options. Zasso and CNHi have both developed their environmental protection focus over the past year and this partnership is just the beginning for more,” said Maximilian Birle, Head of Product Management at CNHi.
Zasso’s CEO Dirk Vandenhirtz adds: “It is a much welcomed and natural step for Zasso to partner with an equipment manufacturer. CNHi provides us with an unparalleled depth of distribution across Europe, to expand our solution. We are particularly excited to have been selected as one of the innovative technologies available through CNHi.”
The new XPower platform will be available in 2019.

Please click below to read the full press release:

XPower News EN


Foundation stone ceremony of the new Research and Development Center

We invite you to the of the foundation Stone ceremony of our new research and development center, which will take place on 5th November between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Here you can find the location and further Information.

Invasive plants on traffic routes

Zasso carries out first tests within the framework of a European CEDR project in Austria

Invasive plants, which spread along traffic routes represent a massively increasing problem for those institutions that have to take care of the safety and maintenance of traffic routes as well as the protection of health, agriculture and nature reserves.
As part of the ControlinRoad project ( of the Conference of European Directors of Roads (Central Office of European Ministries of Transport,, Zasso is involved in controlling invasive plants on roads using electrophysical methods. This includes fast-growing plants such as the Japanese knotweed, which until now could hardly be controlled, as well as the highly allergenic ragweed, the phototoxic giant hogweed or the Indian balsam overgrowing the nature reserve.
The main trials this year and next year will focus on Burgenland in Austria, a hotspot for invasive plants and also a focus for innovative and sustainable traffic route management.

Fig. 1 shows how up to 3 m high Japanese knotweed has worked its way up to a field of maize (top right) along a farm road next to a stream near an expressway. The plant with roots up to 4 m deep is treated by Zasso with Electroherb as a digital herbicide in different growth stages in order to develop control and containment protocols that are as practical and efficient as possible.

Fig. 2: Ambrosia (ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia), the green strip directly at the edge of the road) is a highly allergenic plant that already populates large parts of the roadsides on motorways and expressways in Austria and Bavaria and is to be prevented from forming seeds with Zasso Electroherb, without having to damage the biologically high-quality roadside flora by permanent mowing. The Japanese knotweed in the background near to a railway line has meanwhile massively spread over a field (middle) and is spreading rapidly through soil cultivation.

While the effectiveness tests with Electroherb against invasive plants are only just beginning within the project framework, it is already clear from many discussions and site visits that a control of invasive plants urgently requires innovative methods such as Electroherb. It is best to develop both the Zasso-technology and the management concepts across applications on railways, hydraulic engineering, road transport and agriculture. For example, applicator types from permanent fruit and wine crops can be adapted very well to road edges and reflector posts. Established boom concepts can also be applied to tractors and multi-functional vehicles with mowing tools and mulchers from agricultural and road management working on railways and hydraulic engineering applications. For the application of the Zasso technology itself it is often irrelevant, except for the application protocols and instrument parameterization, whether agricultural weeds are to be controlled, siccation measures are to be carried out or invasive plants are to be prevented from spreading further.
Zasso therefore strives to develop tailor-made solutions with maximum application flexibility of Electroherb technology, even beyond apparent application limits, and to make them available to users in an efficient and environmentally friendly manner.

Zasso 3rd Generation testing

Today the Zasso team is going to test the 3rd Generation Digital Herbicide system. It comes with improved energy management and faster applicators.

By treating more than 25 HA with different materials and shapes for the applicators, we have been able to increase the efficiency of the Digital herbicide treatment, allowing us to increase speed. The new software enables the operator to finetune the energy flow to the different surfaces and weed patterns

The system is equipped with  GPS / GSM communication to allow a “pay per use” business model.

Today we will perform speed test beyond 10 Km/h showing the efficiency at high-speed application.

This setup allows 4-5 Ha / h treatment for weed control. Today the focus is on IVM ( industrial vegetation management) treatment, row & inter-row Special permanent cultures, Potato desiccation, Pre-seeding and post-harvest application


Successful tests of the functional prototype

Neudorff and Zasso form joint venture

Neudorff and Zasso form joint venture

W. Neudorff GmbH KG and Zasso GmbH intensify their cooperation and have formed a joint venture. With the formation of a joint venture, both companies are breaking new ground in weed management.

The joint venture develops completely new methods of weed management without the use of herbicides. With the help of electrophysical forces, both the shoot parts and the roots of the weed plants are destroyed. This advanced technology protects the environment and can therefore be used in areas that until now have posed major challenges in weed management.
This approach opens up completely new possibilities for weed control. This innovative technology makes it possible, for example, to use it on sealed surfaces, which is generally taboo for herbicides. The companies are currently working together on the practical introduction of this disruptive technology.

About Zasso GmbH

Zasso GmbH specializes in clean plant control technologies for agriculture, silviculture, home, traffic and urban areas. Zasso’s methods target both the shoots and the even more critical roots of undesired plants systemically by employing advanced lightweight high-voltage methods. Our ground-breaking systems deliver efficient and robust solutions and add an innovative approach to the dwindling number of available methods for environmentally sympathetic plant control. Electroherb reshapes weed control and plant management for both current and future challenges.

About Neudorff:

Neudorff develops and produces environmentally friendly plant protection products, organic fertilizers, peat-free soils and many other plant care products for natural gardening. The company attaches particular importance to environmentally friendly active ingredients that originate from nature wherever possible. Many products are developed and tested in our own research department.
Due to its extensive activities in the field of sustainability, Neudorff has already received many awards.

Successful tests of the functional prototype

In the last 2 weeks we had the opportunity to perform tests with our new functional prototype for the consumer area.


Figure 1: Zasso’s new prototype for chemical-free weed control

Zasso Handheld
Zasso Handheld

Many traffic constructions offer a harsh, but competition-free habitat for certain robust plant species. However, the sheer amount of vegetation can exceed engineering damage thresholds and hamper any control effort, or even reduce the service life of the construction.
Such cases make it necessary to remove even deeply rooted and long-established plants, if possible without causing any structural damage in the process. This proves particularly difficult as those plants have developed specific, very efficient survival strategies in the shape of subterranean storage organs and hidden growth points. Set off by climate change, the offshoots and seeds of street trees are also increasingly spreading in a non-desirable way. Ivy that has grown into buildings is hard to remove without significant damage to the overall structure.

Test 1: Untreated green strip along a border


Test 1: Immediately after treatment


Test 1: Immediately after treatment


Test 1: 2 weeks after treatment

Test 1: 2 weeks after treatment + biomass swept


Test 2: Untreated green strip in asphalt

Test 2: Result 2 weeks after treatment



Test 3: Gravel surface:

left side: Treated 2 weeks ago

right side: untreated




Test 4: Paved surface untreated

Test 4: 2 weeks after treatment

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