Chinese scientists have developed a new irrigation technology that consumes 50% less water than drip irrigation technology. The trace quantity irrigation technology is based on the soil capillary force principle. When the technology is applied, plants take the initiative in absorbing water according to their respective demands, rather than being watered passively, said Zhu Jun, an irrigation expert at Huazhong University of Science and Technology…Full-text article: Xinhua Feb 2013

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  • The basis for the new irrigation technology is a water control tap that is buried near the root and senses soil water levels, providing water when needed. Since 2007, this system has been used on various crops in Beijing and the regions of Xinjiang, Inner Mongolia and Guangxi.

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