Drought relief seed coating

Agricultural challenge

Global agriculture will face multiple challenges over the coming decades. It must produce more food to feed a growing world population. Improving agricultural productivity is an essential requirement for farmers. It is estimated that the world population will be 9.1 billion persons by 2050, up from the current population of 7 billion. Estimates indicate that by 2050, agricultural production would need to grow globally by 70% to feed the growing population alone, excluding additional demand for crops as feedstock by the biofuel sector (FAO, 2009a).

Importance of seeds

What makes seeds so important? The basis of a good harvest is quality seed and the conditions in which it grows. Seeds contain high protein, starch and oil reserves that help them grow. But the crucial source, in the early stages of a plant growth and development,  is water. However, due to current climate change, this seed source is not always available in sufficient quantities. We, at Pewas, have decided to solve this problem and developed an Aquaholder.


Imagine if there was an immediate, efficient, scalable and sustainable solution that could mitigate the lack of the moisture and support the plant in the phase of germination by more effective use of available water? 

Why Aquaholder?

Aquaholder is a simple and immediate solution how to support the seed at its germination phase. Unlike other methods of increasing the adaptability of plants to new climatic conditions, such as hybridization or genetic modification, Aquaholder does not require lengthy years of research. In case of the use of suitable technological equipment, it could be applied on the seeds immediatelly.

Aquaholder use Advantages

Drought resilient seeds

Potential for higher yield

Healthier plants

Germination support, better start

Increased productivity

Better quality seeds with higher growth potential

Industrially applicable

Efficient industrial process, complementary, simple and quick

Environmentaly friendly

Environmentally neutral and degradable solution

Food security

Applicable at seeds of maize, barley, wheat, rape and other crops varieties

Who is Aquaholder for

Experience of our clients

The results from the first three years of testing show a positive effect of Aquaholder in the first stages of plant development, what consequently significantly affects the final production. Aquaholder is one of the effective tools to mitigate the negative effects of drought on crop production.

Prof. Ing. Vladimír Pačuta, CSc.

Head of the Department of Crop Production and Grass Ecosystems

We test the effect of Aquaholder in cooperation with the company Pewas in real field conditions since the 2018. We consider the achieved results to be promising and in case of repeated confirmation of the effect of Aquaholder we plan to include it in our cultivation program.

Ing. Juraj Béreš

Chief agronomist

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Better start

Better start

ISF 2024 - Netherlands, Rotterdam

ISF 2024 - Netherlands, Rotterdam

The Aquaholder project is realized by PEWAS

Pewas is a research organization focused on the research of alternative use of superbasorbent polymers in various industries. Pewas has analytical and production laboratory facilities, a team of laboratory researchers and more than 10 years of research of the effect of superabsorbent polymers and hydrogels on seeds and agricultural substrates. To verify the acquired knowledge, Pewas performs a number of laboratory and field experiments with research institutions and farmers.


If you want to know more about Aquaholder project, contact us, we will be glad and take a time for you