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Sustainable CO2 sequestration in soil via increased plant root ball mass using a natural, renewable, petroleum free, abiotic EPS.



Researchers have identified soil carbon sequestration as a potential tool for reducing atmospheric carbon dioxide for many years.  Recent agricultural discoveries by Larson Growth Industries, US Army Corps and other companies have identified a means of greatly enhancing soil carbon sequestration in a low cost, cost neutral or possibly cost-negative manner with a minor but agriculturally desirable change to current agricultural processes.  A patented industrial process for the production of rhyzobially based extracellular poly saccharides (EPS) has made it possible to geo-engineer agricultural systems such that atmospheric carbon dioxide is sequestered in soil.  (Patents: “Rhizobium tropici produced biopolymer salt” US 20130338003 A1 and “Soluble salt produced from a biopolymer and a process for producing the salt” US 7824569 B2”).By combining modern bio-engineering with an understanding of the natural symbiotic relationship between plants and soil microbial communities in the rhizosphere, soils can be rapidly improved with regards to root structure, soil microbial activity and root carbon exudation all leading to increased soil carbon storage.  Amending agricultural and turf soils and/or treating seeds with EPS produced in bioreactors will provide increased crop yields and turf results in addition to increased soil carbon storage.This technology, applied globally, has the potential to reduce atmospheric CO2 levels to near the pre-industrialized state.  Costs associated with the production and use of the soil amendment/seed treatment can be offset and possible negated by increased crop and turf yields and reduced crop / turf loss to drought.    Consequently, growers will be motivated to increase profitability while simultaneously reducing atmospheric carbon without changing their favored practices.  Thus, economic, humanitarian, and environmental drivers work synergistically towards global adoption of a technology that combats global greenhouse gas effects.

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