Feb. 11 2019 01:24 PM

The joint research project will study how efficient Netafim’s drip irrigation systems are in delivering Bayer’s chemical and biological crop protection products.

Two green industry corporate giants and a prestigious university are teaming up for a research study, according to an article posted on the CTECH website.

Bayer AG, the German pharmaceutical and chemical company, Israeli drip-irrigation firm Netafim Ltd. and BGN Technologies, the knowledge transfer company of Israel’s Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, have signed off on a three-year research collaboration deal.

The joint project’s goal is to develop a solution that utilizes Netafim’s drip systems to deliver Bayer’s chemical and biological crop protection products, in particular, a pesticide that kills certain parasitic plant worms.

Data sets will be generated to help calibrate prediction models. The mutual research project will be carried out in BGU and Netafim facilities.

Netafim, a pioneer of plastic-based, water-efficient drip irrigation systems was founded in 1965 in a Kibbutz in southern Israel. The company operates in more than 100 markets worldwide through 29 subsidiaries and employs over 4,500 people. In early 2018, Mexico-based pipes and chemicals company Mexichem SAB de CV acquired 80 percent of Netafim.