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The Waterboxx helps plants survive in drylands long enough to reach the water underneath the ground.

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The Waterboxx is really shaped more like a doughnut than a box, although “Waterdoughnutt” is distinctly cumbersome.

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In Saharan tests, 88% of Waterboxx-sheltered trees survived, compared with 10% of those cultivated traditionally.

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The inventor, Pieter Hoff (pictured), is actually working on a biodegradable version that decomposes to feed the plant.

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Each Waterboxx is expected to last about 10 years.

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