Box Designed to Regrow Plants in Deserts Could Save Drought-Stressed California Wineries

Pieter Hoff, a lily-grower-turned-inventor, took a good look at how seeds grow in dry areas — specifically looking at the way seeds distributed by birds can take root based on the protection and fertilization of the excrement with which it is mixed. Taking a cue from biomimicry, he created the Waterboxx, a highly intriguing way for plants in dry areas to have enough moisture to take root and survive. While it is intended for regrowing vegetation in dessert areas, it could also be a big boon for California wineries who also need to figure out ways to use as little water as possible on vineyards.


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