English Heritage adopts RootWave Pro as main method of weed control

English Heritage are delighted to announce that they are adopting RootWave Pro as the main method of weed control after successful years of trials within their Organic Garden at Audley End House & Gardens.

Managing weeds in an Organic Garden without using chemicals is a major challenge as it typically involves weeding by hand which is extremely labour intensive and often results in roots being left in the ground to regrow.

RootWave Pro uses electricity to boil weeds inside out from the root upwards without disturbing the soil. It is a sustainable and economical solution helping organisations around the world manage their weeds without chemicals.

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Andrew Diprose, CEO RootWave, comments “We are absolutely delighted that English Heritage has joined a growing list of organisations that are choosing RootWave Pro to organically manage their weeds and reduce costs.


RootWave wins FoodBytes! London 2018 Judges’ Choice Award

RootWave is proud to announce it won the Judges’ Choice Award at Rabobank’s Foodbytes! London 2018 event.

Abi Ramanan, CEO of ImpactVision and one of the judges stated “The potential of RootWave’s technology to eradicate weeds without using chemicals has huge potential for agriculture and farming sustainability, plus Andrew’s story resonated particularly well – I’m excited for their future!”

Nicholas Fereday, senior analyst for consumer foods at Rabobank and the Judges Team Captain for London, stated he was “particularly impressed by the truly disruptive potential of RootWave’s technology on the market and of course the environmental benefits of reduced pesticide use.”

FoodBytes! by Rabobank is a next-gen pitch competition-meets-networking event that brings together the game-changing startups, investors and industry leaders pioneering the future of food and agriculture.  RootWave was up against nine other great companies in the 3.5 minute category.

Finalist in Britsh Farming Awards

RootWave is delighted to be a finalist in the British Farming Awards Machinery and Farm Technology Innovator.  The British Farming Awards is a celebration of the every-day resilience and innovation demonstrated across the core sectors of agriculture.  Organised by AgriBriefing, parent company to Farmers Guardian, Arable Farming and Dairy Farmer, there are 14 categories in total, all recognising farming’s core sectors – arable, beef, sheep, dairy and machinery – as well as acknowledging the vast array of farm diversifications emerging as farmers add value to their businesses.

RootWave wins Innovate UK Grant

RootWave wins a £50k UK Government Innovate UK grant to further enhance its next generation technology.

RootWave demostrates weeder for fruit crops

A group of farmers and growers attended a demonstration of a RootWave prototype for fruit crops at Windmill Hill Farm.  Trials in collaboration with Lucozade Ribena Suntory were run in alleys of conventionally farmed chuckle-berries and organically farmed blackcurrants.  Both organic and conventional farmers were in attendance and the feedback on the day was very positive.

This field lab is part of a European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development funded project to evaluate the potential of RootWave’s non-chemical technology to control weeds using electricity.  The aim of this field lab is to test whether RootWave’s electrical weeding technology can be developed to provide a practical solution for fruit growers by addressing the three main concerns of using electrical technology in this environment:

  1. Long-term efficacy of weed control
  2. Speed of weed control,
  3. Cost of electrical weed control comparing alternative weed control methods.

Finalist in World Agri-Tech Pitch Day & The Radicle Challenge

RootWave was proud to be a finalists for the Radicle Challenge at the World Agri-Tech 2018 Pitch Day.

For the Pitch Day, World Agri-Tech teamed up with San Diego-based acceleration fund Radicle Growth and, in an industry first, Radicle offered $250,000 investment to the winning company.  Following an open call for nominations which attracted over 150 entries from around the world, eight early-stage technology companies were selected to showcase their solutions at the pre-summit Pitch Day in front of a group of high-ranking investors and agribusiness experts.

The Yield Lab invests in RootWave

RootWave is delighted to announce that it has received investment from The Yield Lab. The Yield Lab is a global network of four early stage AgTech accelerators and investment funds. It is headquartered in St Louis Missouri, with sister accelerators in Ireland (Europe), Buenos Aires (LATAM), and Singapore (Asia Pacific). It invests €100K into three to five high potential Agtech start-up businesses in each region per year. Recently voted the world’s most valuable AgTech Accelerator, our global footprint enables our portfolio companies to gain access to the leading Agtech investors, corporates, strategic partners, markets, regulatory developments, research institutions, talent, mentoring, and other promising start-ups, all around the world.

Prince Charles talks to RootWave

Prince Charles met the RootWave team to understand more about RootWave during the Soil Association’s 70the anniversary celebrations.

RootWave wins EIP-Agri grant

RootWave has received funding from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.  The project will evaluate the potential of RootWave’s non-chemical technology to control weeds using electricity. The key advantages of the technology are that it is chemical free, systemically kills the roots and does not disturb the soil. This project will provide a practical solution for growers by addressing the main concerns of using novel technology in this environment:

  1. Long-term efficacy of weed control using a structured field trial over 3 years with active participation from the grower
  2. Speed of weed control by designing a mechanical electrode array prototype suited for this scenario
  3. Cost by undertaking a desk study comparing alternative weed control methods.

RootWave wins LAMMA Innovation Award

RootWave is pleased to announce that RootWave Pro won the LAMMA 2017 Farm Machinery and Equipment Innovation Award with the judges ‘impressed by the product’s potential to reduce the use of pesticides’ which would ‘help the environment and was suitable for areas where some chemicals are banned’.  Andrew Diprose, Executive Director, comments: “Winning this prestigious award is really exciting for us and give us a reputable vote of confidence in our product and technology.