On 14 July 2012, grass was sown in two fields, each covering 700 m², on the outskirts of Barwa, a neighbourhood in the city of Doha (Qatar):
One field was established with Secalflor panels and a comparison field under normal greening conditions as per Al Nakheel Corporation.
On day 13 after sowing, there were already signs of stronger, healthier growth in the field with Secalflor panels compared to the field without panels. On day 20 after sowing, the first mowing took place, with the result that the field with Secalflor panels already had 70% more biomass. From day 36 after sowing to day 103 after sowing, the positive effects of the panels continued to increase, up to more than 16 times the amount of biomass in relation to the regular field. The biomass can be excellently used for animal feed, among other things.
Our pilot project in BARWA City has shown that Secalflor panels enable stronger and better plant growth while saving water and fertiliser.
Up to 70% less water was needed to irrigate the field and no fertiliser was used. Stronger root growth, healthier greenery and more biomass were clear indications of the effectiveness, which could also be seen with the naked eye.
The project was entirely pursued and controlled by Al Nakheel Corporation.
Secalflor panels are a technology with special advantages for desert regions. Tree and palm planting develop stronger and healthier root growth. The conversion of desert soils into green meadows, erosion control along desert roads, roadside greening to prevent sand shifting and erosion, the conversion of oil-polluted soils or the conversion of high salinity soils are all very specific issues.
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