US Patent covers Thermaculture® methodology for managing plant physiology & productivity.
Dateline: December 15, 2020. Napa, CA USA: Today, Drew Sanders, Agrothermal Systems CEO, announced that the Company had been granted a US patent on Thermal Plant Treatment (TPT) as well as a machine to apply the treatments. “This marks the culmination of many years of trials and protocol development to create the Thermaculture® methodology that provides growers with a host of crop benefits.” According to the patent published by the US Patent Office, the Field of Invention covers “The method specifically consists of applying different temperature regimes using blown hot air to a plant in the field to achieve improvements in plant-output measures such as the fruit set, initiation of flowering, resultant fruit chemistry, plant disease resistance, fruit skin thickness and fruit color. This invention also relates to specific improvements in equipment to implement TPT.”
“The inventors of this methodology and patent were headed by Marty Fischer, former CEO and now Vice Chairman of our Board”, continues Sanders“ and was originally filed in March, 2012”. According to Fischer, “ We must give credit to Florencio Lazo Barra who invented the use of heat to manage crop pests. As we began to implement this pest control methodology in 2007, it became increasingly clear that heating the plant itself created amazing results in plant functionality. Understanding and managing plant response took years to understand and quantify with experimentation.” This method was later trademarked as Thermaculture®.
The Company contends that the cost of Thermaculture® runs about $5 per acre per treatment for propane and in most crops, heat applications can vary from as little as 5 to as many as 26 depending upon the crop and the objectives of the grower. “Heat cost a fraction of chemical applications” claims Sanders “and it is effective for both organic and conventional production. There are no residues, hazmat suits, posting of fields and the end quality of the crop is more marketable.”
Sanders went on to explain that the Company has several other patent applications in process bot within the US and in selected offshore markets. The Company is also developing equipment for weed abatement aimed at organic table grape producers and fruit and nut growers which it will introduce in the first quarter of 2021. Sanders went on to say “We see the weed abatement market as a major growth opportunity. Our solution uses far less propane than flaming and for organic growers we can provide a non-chemical, non-hand abatement alternative.”
Agrothermal Systems is based in Napa, California, and is a dba of Lazo TPC Global, Inc. a California Corporation. Agrothermal has pioneered the use of Thermaculture® as a means to improve wine and produce quality, increase yields, reduce pesticide needs and abate weeds. The company holds patents on Thermal Pest Control and on Thermal Plant Treatment for agricultural crops with other patents pending.