Infrared Systems International’s Subsidiary, AquaLiv, Inc.’s, New Technology May Allow Coastal Crops to be Irrigated With Seawater
SILVERDALE, Wash., June 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Infrared Systems International (OTCBB: IFRS) subsidiary, AquaLiv, Inc., announced it has successfully grown rice in seawater.
AquaLiv completed a series of laboratory experiments this week that demonstrated a modified version of its AgSmart(TM) product could potentially be used to irrigate crops with seawater in lieu of freshwater.
“The results indicate that this is a potential application for AgSmart(TM) that is worthy of further exploration,” stated AquaLiv CEO Craig Hoffman. “Research into this application has just begun, so there is still much to learn.”
Dr. Takemi Ichimura, AquaLiv’s Chief Science Officer, had the idea for growing plants in seawater following Japan’s devastating tsunami, which left vast swaths of coastal farmland too saline for general agriculture use. Dr. Ichimura is a graduate of Tohoku University in Sendai. “Sendai was one of the most devastated areas in Japan,” added Mr. Hoffman. “He wanted to contribute to the rehabilitation in some way.”
The experiments compared the sprouting ability and subsequent growth of rice plants bathed in well water, seawater, and seawater treated with a modified version of AquaLiv’s information-based agriculture product, AgSmart(TM). The untreated seawater demonstrated significantly reduced germination and subsequent growth, as expected. However, the AgSmart(TM)-treated seawater sprouted and grew rice just as robustly as well water.
“Not only could this potentially restore the coastal farmland in Japan,” stated Bill Wright, CEO of Infrared Systems International, “but it may be possible that where freshwater is a scarce commodity, coastal areas worldwide could now be used to grow food. This is a significant development in global food production.”
Earlier this year, the company released its first agriculture product, AgSmart(TM) Rice. The product increases yields without chemicals or genetic modification and is organic standards compliant. Based on AquaLiv’s patented BioT(TM) Bioinformation Technology, AgSmart(TM) products utilize novel wave-based information composites to influence plant behavior.
For more information about AquaLiv’s technology, visit its website: http://www.aqualiv.net
About Infrared Systems International:
Infrared Systems International, through its subsidiaries, offers unique solutions and applications for a variety of industries and emerging technologies.
AquaLiv, Inc. is a life sciences research and development company. Recent advancements in AquaLiv’s technology uncovered a new field of biological information science. With direct applications in the industries of water purification, environmental science, agriculture, animal husbandry, personal use products, and medicine, AquaLiv is ready to expand its innovative product offering. To learn more about AquaLiv, please visit: www.aqualiv.net.
Infrared Applications Inc. is a security and safety focused company. The latest technological advancements have been incorporated into a powerful blend of wireless operation and infrared imaging to provide a system that features redundancy, connectivity, independent verification, and seamless operation for a broad spectrum of security applications. Our patented solutions benefit aviation, industrial infrastructure, military, homeland defense, and the private sector.
Focus Systems, Inc. is a service oriented, desktop virtualization, and VoIP information technology provider. Focus Systems’ service essentially eliminates the need for its customers to buy, deploy, and maintain IT infrastructure. The move to cloud computing lowers customers’ total cost of ownership by shifting critical systems to Focus — including servers, backup, software, operating systems, updates, power, cooling, facility space, and internal staffing requirements. For more information, please visit: www.focus-sys.com.
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