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Liquid Gold | Israeli Companies in the Fertilizer Game

A viral video has perfectly summed up a “terrifying” crisis facing the nation within weeks.

In recent days, the urea shortage plaguing Australia and the world has made headline after headline as it threatens to pull tens of thousands of trucks and private vehicles off the road and cause countless everyday items to disappear from supermarket shelves.

Not only is urea used in fertiliser, it is also a key ingredient in diesel ­exhaust fluid (DEF) – also known as AdBlue – which is injected into the exhaust systems of modern diesel vehicles in order to reduce emissions, which is a mandatory requirement for trucks, private vehicles and tractors.

The shortage is expected to peak by February, and could devastate our agriculture and transport industries, along with countless other sectors.

But while the problem is a complex one, an Aussie farmer has explained exactly why we should all be concerned.

Under the popular TikTok account FNQBeersBullsBoars, Queensland cattle farmer Matt Ferguson-Tait began by explaining that urea was essential in his industry, as it was used as a protein for cattle.

So, who are the Israeli companies in the liquid gold game that Australia can look to for inspiration and support?


Groundwork BioAg produces mycorrhizal inoculants for commercial farming. Containing concentrated and vigorous beneficial fungi, the company’s Rootella and Dynomyco inoculants can improve soil nutrient uptake in plants, increase crop yields, improve resistance to several types of stress, and reduce fertilizer requirements. Groundwork BioAg has demonstrated significant yield increases in numerous major crops, including corn, soybeans, sorghum, tomatoes, onions, and cannabis.


HomeBiogas produces small-scale, off-grid systems that convert organic waste, including food waste, animal manure, and human waste, into clean, renewable energy and natural fertilizer.

HomeBiogas systems offer functional and monetary value to households and small farmers while also having a positive impact on the environment. The systems provide health, sanitation, and clean energy solution for billions of people who have resorted to using firewood and charcoal to meet their cooking needs.

HomeBiogas has partnered and completed projects with many governments and international organizations, including the United Nations, Red Cross, World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), and SNV Netherlands Development Organization.

Haifa Group

Haifa Group supplies specialty plant nutrients and potassium nitrate for agriculture and industry.

The group’s products include the Nutrigation for precise fertilization through irrigation systems, foliar nutrition solutions for complementary and corrective nutrition, and controlled-release fertilizers for nutrient use efficiency.

Haifa Group has also developed knowledge-sharing platforms such as the Haifa NutriNet online expert system, which enables growers to access up-to-date optimized fertilization programs for their crops.

Haifa Group formally joined the UN Global Compact, adopting 17 Sustainable Development Goals principles. Haifa’s global operations span over 100 countries with 16 subsidiaries, 4 production plants, and 5 logistics terminals.


ICL is a global manufacturer of products based on specialty minerals primarily in agriculture, food, and engineered materials.

ICL produces approximately a third of the world’s bromine and is the sixth-largest potash producer, as well as the leading provider of pure phosphoric acid. It is a major manufacturer of specialty fertilizers, specialty phosphates, and flame retardants. ICL’s mining and manufacturing activities are supported by global distribution and supply networks and are located in Israel, Europe, the Americas, and China.

ICL operates within a strategic framework of sustainability that includes a commitment to the environment, support of communities in which ICL’s manufacturing operations are located and where its employees live, and a commitment to all its employees, customers, suppliers, and other stakeholders.


VGI produces organic fertilizers from natural components that support healthy, natural plant growth. Its products reduce carbon dioxide emissions in agricultural production and help break the cycle of excess chemical use in agriculture.

VGIs product lines include the KF formulation for home gardening or agriculture, which is designed to enhance crop size, weight, colour, and yield. It is non-toxic to humans, non-polluting, and does not scorch leaves. The product can be applied through irrigation systems or as a foliar spray or soil drench. Deshen Hatzafon Established in Israel in October 2012 by 7 cooperative organizations representing 260 farming communities in Israel, that together own approximately 150,000 hectares of cultivated farmland.
The Company’s vision is to provide the farmer with the utmost agronomic knowledge to achieve the most efficient treatment for his crops.

Our products offer increased yields with reduced costs whilst at the same time being environmentally friendly by preventing soil and water contamination.

We produce bespoke solid and liquid fertilizers in a wide variety of forms, based on local soil and water type, farmers requirements and agronomists analysis, in order to provide optimal nutrition for all agricultural crops.

Our R&D department, agronomist and professional staff strive for excellence, producing the highest quality products while providing the most professional service. 
The Company’s personnel, led by farmers with field experience, understand our clients’ needs and are able to adapt our services to each client.

We are constantly in search of new ways to improve and simplify agricultural work while maximizing crop yield.


Gat Fertilizers produces tailor-made, fully water-soluble solid and liquid fertilizers for fertigation and basic pre-plant applications.

The company’s Gatit series of solid, fully water-soluble NPK fertilizers can be applied via irrigation systems. Its Shaphir solutions are used for fertigation in greenhouses, nurseries, orchards, and crops on artificial media. Gat also offers a line of micro-element fertilizers.


Efal Agri breeds vegetable seeds and develops raw materials for applications including plant protection, field crops, cosmetics, and water treatment. The company’s product line includes soil disinfection products, pesticides, insecticides, herbicides, fertilizers and feed additives, veterinary medical products, and growth regulators.

Efal Agri is part of Efal Chemical Industries Ltd.


Future Tense develops, produces, and licenses a wide range of fertilizers, pesticides, and other products that are both potent and environmentally acceptable.

Future Tense products, such as Ductil-D, Dentamet, Bio-D, and AZN, are designed to nourish, protect, and enhance crop production. The company also has several products in various stages of development, including ecological soil disinfectants and pesticides, organic chelates, and micronutrient fertilizers.


Lextran specializes in sulphur oxide (SOx) and nitrogen oxide (NOx) catalytic pollutant removal in an open-spray tower technology.

The company’s patented technology introduces a multi-pollutant removal process that requires minimal equipment, a relatively small footprint, and only liquid reagents. Its process is considerably less costly in terms of investment and operation than technologies that treat each pollutant separately. In addition, Lextran’s process yields a commercial-grade fertilizer as a byproduct.

Lextran’s technology is suitable for customers such as coal and heavy fuel-fired power plants and industrial installations, diesel power plants, solid waste-management incinerators, and any other combustion plant emitting SOx and NOx.

Lextran is a subsidiary of Ludan Engineer.

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EZPack Water – Water Storage, Distribution, and Purification Solutions

EZPack Water develops, manufactures, and markets proprietary solutions for water storage, distribution, and purification. Its solutions include EZPuro, a compact robotic water purification and desalination system; water storage, transportation, and distribution solutions based on the company’s proprietary two-layer bladder technology; and EZCond, proprietary atmospheric water generator. The company’s products are aimed at markets such as emergency use, disaster relief, firefighting, remote water supply, military, home and outdoor, and others.

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Envomed, an innovative on-site medical waste solution, is developed by Maabarot Metal Works Ltd, a company with extensive technical knowledge and over 30 years’ experience in providing specialized industrial machinery. Identifying the market’s need for efficient on-site medical waste treatment facilities, we made significant investments in R&D and engineered a solution that is revolutionary from economic, safety and environmental perspectives.


Today, MMW understands the importance of the solution that Envomed provides and focuses it energy on the research and manufacturing of a ground breaking on-site solution, that is safer and environmentally healthier for the problem of infectious Medical Waste, allowing for a simple on-site treatment solution.

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As the World Plans COVID-19 Exit Strategies, Israeli Tech Can Help

After two months of lockdowns to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus, countries across the globe are beginning to implement phased exit strategies for safely reopening their economies.

As governments and businesses look to ease restrictions while maintaining social distancing and protective measures like mask-wearing and diligent hygiene, Israeli technology companies offer a diverse array of solutions for safeguarding public health and equipping officials with the real-time intelligence they need to successfully manage exit strategies and rapidly respond to new cases:

  • Used by more than 130 local governments across the United States, smart city management platform Zencity harnesses artificial intelligence and machine learning to derive actionable insights from citizen feedback data collected both online and offline. Amid the coronavirus pandemic, the company is helping local governments improve crisis communications, pinpoint gaps in response, and enhance preparedness. As localities reopen their economies, the platform can help governments monitor resident sentiment in specific areas, tailor communications according to residents’ needs and questions, and optimize resource allocation.
  • Corsight’s sophisticated facial recognition technology – based on advanced neuroscience and biological research – works even for individuals wearing face masks, making it easier to identify and notify people who have been in proximity to confirmed COVID-19 patients. A subsidiary of leading AI company Cortica, Corsight can help bolster contact-tracing, which public health experts have identified as a critical element of any successful exit strategy.

AqooA Solutions is developing a solution using electrolyzed tap water to kill viruses and bacteria. Led by researchers at Bar-Ilan University, the company has tested its solution against herpes simplex virus type 1

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Start-up Nation High-Tech Versus the Coronavirus

Israel, as a global centre of research and development, is leading efforts to use technology to mitigate the coronavirus crisis on three fronts: developing a vaccine, improving testing for the virus, and innovating technological developments to improve patient care.

There have been seemingly daily updates about Israeli breakthroughs in this area. This article will try to provide a helpful overview of many of those breakthroughs and how quickly they are expected to be available for use.

Vaccines and other Treatments

Early reports that Israel was ready to export a coronavirus vaccine to the world were premature, but there are at least two important Israeli institutions working towards the development of a vaccine.

The first is Israel’s state-run Institute for Biological Research (IIBR), which has been tasked with the job of creating a vaccine by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Fifty top scientists at the Institute are working on the vaccine, in three separate teams, alongside a global biotech company with complementary expertise. On March 31, sources told Reuters that the IIBR had begun testing a COVID-19 vaccine prototype on rodents.

Other researchers at IIBR are also involved in plasma collection from people who have recovered from infection with the novel coronavirus, hoping that this might assist in the research.

In addition, Migal Galilee Research Institute, located in Kiryat Shmona in Israel’s far-north, has spent four years working on a vaccine for a coronavirus disease in poultry that has many similarities to the current novel coronavirus which is causing the current pandemic among humans. The Institute announced in late February, that this vaccine would be adapted to deal with COVID-19.

David Zigdon, the CEO of Migal Galilee Research Institute, said his lab was working hard to accelerate the vaccine’s development.

“Our goal is to produce the vaccine during the next 8-10 weeks and to achieve safety approval in 90 days. This will be an oral vaccine, making it particularly accessible to the general public,” Zigdon said in a press release.

Meanwhile, scientists at Israel’s Weitzmann Institute of Science, together with Diamond Light Source laboratory in Oxfordshire, are “pioneering a revolutionary method of scientific research that could see a candidate for an anti-coronavirus drug emerge ‘within weeks’” according to the UK’s Jewish Chronicle.

According to Dr Nir London, who heads the team at Weizmann, the technique involves using the “crowd-sourcing of global intelligence” to quickly generate an “unprecedented amount of preliminary data” and then using tests conducted on all proposed molecules in parallel, rather than linearly, enabling scientists to follow up on “500 to a 1,000 compounds” in the same period it would normally take to test a “few tens of compounds.”


Testing for coronavirus has been a highly fraught aspect of the current outbreak given the slow pace and labour intensiveness of traditional testing methods.

Israeli researchers have committed themselves to improving testing using technology.

There are reports that in the next six weeks, an Israeli company – working under the guidance of Israel’s Defence Ministry – will be ready to test a COVID-19 screening method that uses only a patient’s voice. Through artificial intelligence technology, the test would observe the patient’s breathing and speech patterns in order to detect the illness. It would be particularly useful because possible cases could be tested from home and could also help monitor the health of patients who have already been diagnosed.

Israel’s Ministry of Defence is also trying to teach dogs from the IDF canine unit to help identify coronavirus patients by smelling saliva samples – a technique that is also being explored in other parts of the world.

Meanwhile, researchers at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology collaborating with experts at Rambam Medical Centre in Haifa, have come up with a new method of processing test results that could vastly speed up the rate at which tests for the virus can be completed. The technique, known as“pooling”, involves protocols which make it possible for a lab to test samples from up to 64 people at the same time, rather than one at a time, as is the usual practice.

Israel has also recruited more than 600 doctoral students from across the country’s top universities and medical centres to help with testing.

“The level of collaboration between faculty, physicians, health professionals and medical and graduate students at the universities, hospitals, health maintenance organisations, Magen David Adom, and Ministry of Health, is unprecedented in Israel,” said Professor Karen Avraham, Vice Dean of Tel Aviv University’s Sackler Faculty of Medicine. “This will set the stage for years to come for how much we can accomplish when working together so selflessly.”

Defence industries pivot to the war against the coronavirus

Israel’s defence industries have shifted into addressing medical needs in the country. According to the Jerusalem Post, the Defense Ministry, in collaboration with medical company Inovytec and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), have completed a production line for Ventway Sparrow ventilators, established on the grounds of a classified IAI missile production site. Ventilators, ready for deployment to hospitals, have already begun rolling off the line.

Meanwhile, the IDF has tasked its famous Unit 81, the military intelligence technology unit, with working to find a way to easily convert simple and inexpensive breath regulating devices known as CPAP machines into ventilators suitable for use in intensive care units. The unit will also produce 1,000 face masks for healthcare providers a day, as well as outfit 50 vans with internal separators to protect drivers from infected patients, and produce information management software for laboratories testing for coronavirus.

Additionally, Unit 108 of the Israeli Air Force has teamed up with Microsoft Israel Research and Development, Ichilov Medical Center, Magen David Adom (MDA) and others to develop a simple respirator that could be mass-produced in labs at low cost. It is being developed as “open source” so that countries around the world could ramp up manufacturing locally, affordably and in a short period of time.

The IDF has also retooled assembly lines previously used to build seats for tanks in order to produce protective goggles for health care workers.

Harnessing the top minds at Israeli universities

All of Israel’s universities have initiated multiple research projects designed to quickly help address the coronavirus crisis:

  • The Technion: Besides the previously mentioned testing breakthrough, Haifa’s renowned Technion has 20 different laboratories at the university working on COVID-19 related projects in the spheres of diagnostics, vaccine development, therapeutics and aids for medical teams. TheTechnion academics on the job include Avi Schroeder, who is developing a targeted drug for treating acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), based on existing drug delivery methods, while at the same time, developing a vaccine for coronavirus based on a vaccine he has previously developed for shrimps.
  • Ben-Gurion University of the Negev: The Beersheva-based BGU has launched a “Coronavirus Task Force”, according to the Jewish News Service (JNS), “In a meeting attended by 50 scientists from diverse departments within the university, ideas were presented and the task force broke into several groups working on the most promising projects and collaborations, including self-sterilizing facemasks, medical emergency drones, a coronavirus test that could take just five minutes using chip technology, and a telemedicine and remote triage system.”
  • Hebrew University of Jerusalem: A March 31 report in theTimes of Israel interviews HU Professor Shy Arkin, who is using his lab to test chemicals to be used to attack the virus. “What we’re trying to do — and again, I would hope and anticipate that others are doing — is trying to repurpose drugs” and find drugs already on the market that may be effective in reducing the most dangerous effects of the virus, Arkin told David Horovitz.
  • Tel Aviv University has opened a dedicated coronavirus research lab, which will also be able to perform 1,000 tests for coronavirus a day, adding to the country’s ability to slow the spread of the virus.
  • Bar Ilan University is experimenting with autonomous, driverless buses which could be used to transport coronavirus patients without creating unnecessary risks, and remote-sensing technology which could assist in early detection of coronavirus.

Other innovations

The Israeli company Elbit Systems has developed an automated radar-based system to measure a patient’s heartbeat, respiration rate and body temperature from a distance, without any need for physical contact by a medical worker. It is currently undergoing medical trials at Rabin Medical Center.

Israeli company Kryon Systems has developed an automation system to help Israel’s health insurance companies quickly process the mountains of data coming in from the country’s growing number of coronavirus patients – as well as those who have tested negative. Kryon is now offering this automation technology to any other health insurance providers globally free of charge, in order to help in the current pandemic.

The Israeli Defence Ministry has also developed a new software called “coronameter” which analyses data gathered from the mobile phones of Israelis to help locate likely carriers of the coronavirus in order to test them. Its use is now awaiting cabinet approval.

Other Israeli researchers are working on projects as diverse as CT scanning technology that can test for coronavirus using artificial intelligence, portable blood-testing devices for coronavirus patients who do not require hospitalisation and a sensor that allows contactless monitoring of a patient’s condition.

Once again, Israel has proven itself to be at the cutting edge in helping solve this dangerous pandemic. Time is of the essence, but Israel appears to not be wasting any of it.

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Atmosfir Optics

Atmosfir is seeking to connect with government agencies that set air monitoring standards, environmental consultancies and representatives from the chemical/petrochemical industries in Australia.

Atmosfir is an innovative, advanced air monitoring technology company focused on providing clients with the best air monitoring solutions. Atmosfir is a technology-oriented company, with unique and valuable intellectual properties and years of in-the-field experience. For over fifteen years, its experts have been actively involved in the development of US EPA test methods and have been involved in designing and implementing a wide range of Optical Remote Sensing measurement projects.

Atmosfir Optics provides a complete, fully automated, and reliable fence-line monitoring system. Atmosfir’s data analysis and management algorithms yield extremely versatile, sensitive, and cost-effective fence-line technology:  The D-fenceline monitoring and air quality management system.

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PRESS RELEASE – Israel’s Ammonia Production Plant


Request for opinions and information from the public on the meanings of establishment of ammonia production plant, extracted from natural gas in Israel for the local market

The ministry of industry, trade and labor is examining his position towards the need for government assistance as part of the ministry assisting tools for the issue of the establishment of ammonia production plant, extracted from natural gas in Israel which is meant to replace the current import of ammonia to Israel

The Environment and Sustainable Development Administration of the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor (“MINISTRY”) hereby requests information from entities holding relevant experience and knowledge from the field of Petrochemicals, especially from multi-national corporations from this field, in order to examine the possibilities of establishing an ammonia production plant, extracted from natural gas in Israel.

The purpose of this request is to get information from the recipients, based on the experience in the field, in order to formulate rules and devise principles that will help to achieve maximum effect

It should be emphasized that the ministry has yet to decide whether and how to act on the issue and this request is neither an invitation to bid nor a part of tender procedures or other procedure for suggestions, but only an appeal for information, followed by the ministry considerations for further actions. The Ministry reserves the right to approach for clarification or request for additional information some or all of the recipients. This kind of approach from the ministry or someone on his behalf does not reflect any obligation on the ministry’s side. It should be clarified and emphasized that this request does not constitute an offer or invitation to apply for or to contact by the Tenders Regulations-1993 or by any other procedure.

The ministry hereby invites the general public including, entrepreneurs, clients, technology providers and researchers to present their views and proposals on the establishment of ammonia production plant, extracted from natural gas in Israel

The ministry is interested in the following views and information:

1)      Entrepreneurs, please specify:

a.       Business plan fitting for such project, including parameters for yield, Output (products / sub products / Inventories) storage (emergency stocks / storage tank) employment (direct / indirect);

b.      Details about the entrepreneur’s relevant experience and other areas of activity

c.        Methods of ammonia production, identity of the technology provider and his reputation (prove of global experience)

d.      Sensitivity test for the price of natural gas supply on the price of the ammonia

e.       Contact method with the supplier of natural gas

f.        Volume of investment, method of finance and expectations for government participation (grants or any other tool)

g.       Suggested location, Recommendation regarding the geographical deployment of the plant

h.      Synergy with other plants that use natural gas, the area required and the method of delivery to customers in Israel

i.        Form of protection and security of the production site

j.        Schedule of construction completion and start of production

2)      Those that are holding other views and information are invited to provide any additional information that can contribute to or have influence on the ministry when it come to address this issue

3)      Environmental aspects of the ammonia production plant establishment are taken into account as part of a  work done by the Ministry of Environmental protection

Submission of responses

Those who wish to present their views on the establishment of ammonia production plant are asked to comment in writing to the following Email address: , no later than 15th of April 2012. Or to the Israeli Trade Commission in Sydney (Contact details)

The commenter should point out the person of interest at the beginning of the paper submitted (e.g. Entrepreneur, costumer, academia, technology provider)

For full Press Release CLICK HERE



Zohar Dalia cooperative agricultural association ltd. is Israel’s largest and most advanced manufacturer, supplier, and developer of detergent intermediates and cleaning products. We export a wide range of quality products worldwide, including surfactants and special concentrates to home, personal care, textile, and other markets.

Since its establishment in 1939 by Kibbutz Dalia, Zohar Dalia has evolved to become Israel’s leading detergent manufacturer, with staff of 94 employees and a production capacity of 70 thousand tons annually.

Zohar Dalia’s syntheses and formulations are based on proprietary know-how, developed by our experienced and highly skilled R&D and technical staff.

In the late 50’s, Zohar Dalia was the first company in the world to introduce its patented SO3 gas sulphonation process to manufacture sulphoric acid. Furthermore, in the 90’s, Zohar Dalia developed a unique technology for manufacture of Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS) in granular form. This was the first patented process in the world to make non-dusty, highly soluble, free flowing granules of this product. It is these kinds of achievements that have earned Zohar Dalia international recognition, which are translated into worldwide export capabilities.

In December 2006, 50% of Zohar Dalia were acquired by Emilia group. In 2009 Emilia group acquired Zohar cosmetics (Careline plant from Yeruham) and 50% of Danagis (One of the biggest distributors in Israel). In 2010 Zohar Lab was acquired by Zohar Dalia, which leads the local institutional and industrial (I&I) markets with ready to use products.

Those acquisitions take place Zohar Dalia as the largest producer for Privet Label in Israel in detergents, toiletries and cosmetics.

Zohar Dalia has the abilities to produce 80,000 tons of products a year.

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Bitum is Israel’s leading sealing and insulating products manufacturer.

Bitum develops, produces and markets its advanced market leading sealing and insulating products for the last 60 years.

Since it commenced operation in 1948, Bitum launched a range of innovative and environment friendly products for the construction sector, which set a new standard of performance, efficient usage and costs effectiveness.

These cutting edge products served as the basis for penetrating international markets, which already reached considerable exports to about 16 countries world wide.

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Consul Ltd.

Distillation service for companies who wish to outsource their distillation, bottling and packaging processes.

Our pharmaceutical department “Nature’s Quality” produces cosmetic and therapeutic products based solely on 100% natural raw materials.