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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JUNE 21, 2013 PAGE 11A Beyond the drip: Israeli agriculture coJ00tinues t 9 i movate Untreated potatoes such as drip irrigation for field crops, are well known. But oth- ers, like colored netting draped over plants to increase yields, or especially sweet seedless tangerines marketed in Europe, are less known. The center also focuses on improving produc- tivity and yields. "In 1955, one Israeli farmer could feed 15 people, while in 2007, that same farmer could feed 100 people," Rafaeli said. "Israel is subsistent in veg- etables and fruits, but we still need to import grain, so we're developing special varieties of grain that are only for animal feed or that contain more protein." In a hot and humid green- house, Moshe Lapidot of the center's institute of plant sci- ences is raising special toma- toes that can flourish despite being infected with the com- mon yellow leaf virus. Some of the plants look withered and shrunken, while others are thriving. "All of these plants are infected with the virus that By Linda Gradstein The Media Line RISHON LETZION, Israel-- Strange things are happening at the Volcani Center in this Tel Aviv suburb. Potatoes sprayed with spearmint oil are not sprouting for months, Granny Smith apples deprived of oxy- gen stay fresh for more than a year and cows are eating less grain and producing more milk. These are just a few projects at the Agricultural Research Organization, the research arm of Israel's Ministry of Agriculture that's composed of six separate research institutes. "We don't have a lot of land here in Israel and 60 percent of it is desert," saidAda Rafaeli, the center's associate director for international cooperation and academic affairs. "But we can provide know-how and innova- tion for the rest of the world." Some Israeli innovations, Potatoes treated with spearmint oil that keeps their skin smooth for a gear. shows up wherever there are tomatoes and dramatically lessens the yield," said Lapidot. "We identified a gene that is resistant to the virus and we introduced the gene into the plant. It took us seven years to find the gene, but today seed companies are looking to buy our tomato plants." In another building, Amnon Lichter, head of the department of post-harvest science of fresh produce, holds up a decaying Granny Smith apple. "These apples have not been treated and they look brown and unappetizing," he said. "Those brown patches, called 'superficial scalding,' can be prevented with insecticides, but we're trying another way." That other way is called "controlled suffocation," and it involves keeping the apples in a storage container with no oxygen for a week. The oxygen can be removed using liquid nitrogen. After that, the apples will remain perfectly green for well over a year. He moves on to two boxes of potatoes, one with unsightly sprouting and one containing potatoes with smooth russet skin.Tben he opensasmallvial. "Smell this," he urged. "It's spearmint oil, andwhen rubbed on the potatoes it keeps them from sprouting for almost a year. This replaces the use of chemicals with a natural compound and is being used commercially as well." About one-third of food is wasted, said Rafaeli, mostly because it goes bad before it can be eaten. Israel is trying to come upwith solutions to make food last longerand taste better. In another room, Lichter opens a black suitcase and takes out an instrument that looks a little like a hand-held microscope. "This costs more than a car in Israel," he said with a smile. "But it measures things like firmness of fruit. We scientists like to measure everything." Israel's Dip-Tech turns building fafades in ;o art AFIMALL in Moscow features a photorealistic design of a typicalRussian forest, digitally printed in-glass on 2,650 panes. By Viva Sarah Press ISRAEL21c Stained glass is one of the main attractions at many of the world's famous churches. An Israeli company has decid- ed to take this colorful craft to the next level. It's called Dip-Tech, and thanks to its in- novative digital glass printing solution, ordinary-looking buildings are turned into extraordinary landmarks. Printing on glass is not groundbreaking. But printing on glass with durable ceramic inks by digitally transferring images onto the panes of glass is revolutionary. Since kicking off business in 2005 in the town of Kfar Saba, just outside of Tel Aviv, the company's unique solu- tion has converted hospitals, shopping centers, museums, office buildings and universi- ties around the world into pieces of art. In Australia, there's the new Munday Wall, an enor- mous eight-by-nine-meter mural featuring an indig- enous painting reproduced onto glass. The Harlem Hospital in New York is another great example, with its full-color building faqade made of glass panels in the colors and styles of 1930s Harlem art and culture. The faade of the Carmel Academic Center in Haifa, boasts colorful and lively por- traits of well-known Israeli culture personalities on its building exterior. CEO Yariv Matzliach sees Dip-Tech as part of Benny Landa's digital printing revo- lution. "He did it for the digital press; we're doing it for glass," Matzliach tells ISRAEL21c. "Dip-Tech's niche is to digi- talize the world of glass. Ourprinters are installed and working all over the world. The combination be- tween traditional industry and the end product is a piece of art, and that's what gives us the joy of being part of the digital revolution." Headquartered in Israel, Dip-Tech has sales offices in the United States, China and Europe. From 2010 to today, the company has shown a growth rate of 30-50 percent. Matzliach says sales this year are expected to reach some $30 million. Dip-Tech creates the in- novative technology and then sells its system of image processing software, ceramic inks and digital printers to glass fabricators around the world. "We have patented our technology with the Hebrew University of Jerusalem to develop patented ceramic inks. We have patented our printers as well. We have very strong IP," Matzliach claims. "I have a lot of faith that our technology is the leading technology." The first step in the process is for designers and architects to come up with an image they'd like to see on a build- ing. For example, Ventrano architects conceived the idea of a forest mural for the AFIMALL shopping complex in Moscow. They then used Dip-Tech's image-processing software-- a special graphics program that turns standard graphic files into ready-to-print im- ages that are tuned for opti- mum results on glass. This process is unique to digital printing and could never have been completed with traditional methods such as screenprinting. The next step is choosing colors. Unlike UV printing, Dip-Tech's ceramic, all-weath- er digital inks fuse into the glass, explains Matzliach. And that protects them from ever Manuelle Gautrand Architecture dressed up the fafade of the French headquarters of Barclays bank in what looks like a random series of folded'pages' ofmarble using the medium of digitally printed glass with ceramic ink. Artist Alexander Beleschenko won a competition with this multi-colored printed glass design for the Forum, University of Exeter, in the United Kingdom. Dip-Tech digital in-glass printing with ceramic inks was the only solution capable of meeting the challenges posed by so many colors integrated in an external application. The Glass Farm in Holland. Secrets The Vine Cancun Resort and Spa in Cancun. fading. The printed design will stay as long as the glass does. The AFIMALL exterior shows a photorealistic design of a typical Russian forest, digitally printed in-glass on 2,650 panes. Additional glass elements jut out from the building and the image seems to create an impression of depth to the forest. "Digital printing is a tool that makes it possible to in- corporate and express ideas that until now were left on paper," said architects Jesfis Zafra and Javier Alarc6n, who built a landmark office build- ing in Spain. Matzliach says Dip-Tech's digital ceramic inks, when printed on glass, support mul- tiple sustainability functions, including energy efficiency, solar/light control, light dif- fusion and transmission, and glare reduction; urban renew- al and building preservation; electrical conductivity; and use of low-impact materials. Dip-Tech's solution for glass also can be used for super constructions, backs- plashes and interior elements. The company has cre- ated an anti-collision glass application that could save the lives of millions of birds around the world. "We have a special feature where a bird can see the glass from a dis- tance thanks to the printed pattern," he says. Dip-Tech has also devel- oped a slip-resistant ink for flooring and roofing, suitable for home and commercial applications. Currently, Dip-Tech is Friedman & Friedman Excellence in Real Estate Call Jeffrey at 407-719-0135 Call Barbara at 407-222-6059 One Team. 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