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Patented “Probiotics” Yield Rapid Impacts On Greenhouse Gases & Agricultural Productivity
Rhizolizer® soil treatments increase yields, sequester carbon and reduce greenhouse gas emissions
SOLON, Ohio (March 26, 2019) Positive data is confirming there is a unique solution to reduce greenhouse gases that is working today through an unexpected source: agricultural “probiotics”. Rhizolizer®, a line of customizable, non-GMO soil treatments from Locus Agricultural Solutions® (Locus AG) has proven to be the first microbial tool to successfully improve struggling agricultural productivity while also reducing greenhouse gases and sequestering carbon—making it the first low-cost solution that optimizes grower profits and improves environmental impact.
Until now, growers did not have access to a product that could sustainably feed more people while reducing the effects of greenhouse gases. The Rhizolizer “probiotic” line is the first data-backed approach that is currently available and addresses both challenges without changing grower practices. It has a rapid impact—data is showing up to 40 percent increases in yields and better crop quality within two to three treatments. Data collected in collaboration with respected third parties show that one Rhizolizer-treated acre can also sequester up to 4.38 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalents per year. This has the potential to offset greenhouse gas emissions comparable to one car or 464 gallons of gas per year.
“Rhizolizer “probiotics” offer growers something they have never had before: treatments that can easily reduce carbon footprints while maximizing productivity,” said Dr. Paul Zorner, CEO of Locus AG. “We recognize there are many variables involved, but we are engaged in a significant research program to extend soil carbon sequestration to additional crops and locations, as well as to any irrigated land including residential lawns.”
Rhizolizer has been used to successfully increase yields on more than two dozen crops nationally, including Florida citrus trees which have been adversely affected by Citrus Greening Disease. Its unrivaled benefits are the result of a unique fermentation method that delivers up to 100 times the microbial concentration of other offerings. By using microbrewery-type fermentation, small, high-potency batches are created which can be customized to crop and regional characteristics. Each treatment is then quickly sent to growers via cold-chain delivery to ensure freshness.
“We are dealing with living organisms, so rapid delivery and refrigeration are crucial,” Zorner said. “Those elements, along with our ability to locally customize our solutions, are major reasons why Rhizolizer treatments have been so effective at increasing productivity and improving soil carbon deposition.”
Ongoing trials are in progress with third parties to uncover additional productivity and environmental benefits, which experts predict will continue to drive usage throughout the country. For more information on Locus AG, its fermentation technology or Rhizolizer’s sustainable growing benefits, visit LocusAG.com.
About Locus Agricultural Solutions®
Locus Agricultural Solutions® (Locus AG) provides growers with science-based solutions that address challenges to agricultural productivity from the ground up. These solutions include a portfolio of integrated tools to better manage crop vitality and nutrition, soil microbial health, insect pest management and plant disease management. The company’s current treatment program utilizes patented fermentation technology to produce fresh, dense batches of agricultural microbes (“probiotics”) that are delivered rapidly to growers via a unique cold-chain process for maximum efficacy. Locus AG leverages its core scientific capabilities from its parent organization, Locus Fermentation Solutions (Locus FS), an Ohio-based industrial bioscience company. For more information, visit LocusAG.com.