A Solon company has found a way to make crops — and oil wells — more productive. How? Microorganisms. And Locus Fermentation Solutions doesn’t plan to stop with agriculture and energy. The company is doing research in a lot of areas, and it’s already filed for about 150 patents, said Andy Lefkowitz, co-founder, chairman and CEO. He sees potential in areas as varied as skin care and wastewater treatment.
On thousands of acres of orange groves in Florida, farmers are adding beneficial fungi and bacteria to the soil, which makes the oranges grow bigger and sweeter–and makes the soil suck up enough extra CO2 so that each acre offsets the emissions from a passenger car. Call it probiotics for soil.
Locus Bio-Energy Solutions, an oil field biochemical startup, announced Monday that Jonathan Rogers will lead the company as its first CEO. His first order of business will be to move the company’s headquarters to Houston by year’s end.