SPV Ltd. – A Breeding Tool for Water-saving and Crop Enhancement

The Need: Water shortage limits agriculture production globally. Plants consume more than 70% of the available fresh water, however, 98% of the water taken up by plants is lost in the transpiration process through the stomata.

 

The Solution: The SPV (Smart Plant Valve) Technology is based on the discovery the mechanism that controls stomata opening, which proves that sugars close stomata via the sugar sensor hexokinase (HXK) in guard cell. Increasing the amount of HXK in guard cells allows plants to have much more efficient stomata, thus saves water, enhances growth and increases yield.