BOCA RATON, Fla. & DANVILLE, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Zero Gravity Solutions, Inc.'s (ZGSI or “the Company”) (Pink Sheets:ZGSI), wholly owned subsidiary BAM Agricultural Solutions, Inc. (BASI) and Tyton BioSciences, LLC d/b/a Tyton BioEnergy Systems (Tyton) have entered into a Collaboration Agreement (CA) focused on the use of tobacco as a green chemicals and biofuels crop.
Tobacco can be an economical, high-yield, non-food crop for the production of green chemicals and biofuels; Tyton is developing tobacco for these purposes using novel plant, agronomic and extraction technologies. The CA is aimed at improving the quality and yields of Tyton’s feedstock tobacco plants. The respective scientific and agricultural experts at Tyton and BASI are now collaborating to execute tobacco crop field trials commencing on or about May 15, 2015. Field trials are scheduled at three of Tyton’s tobacco feedstock locations to determine the effect of BASI’s BAM-FX product on sugar content and biomass of those plantings through crop maturity utilizing jointly developed protocols.
This research collaboration will utilize ZGSI’s proprietary BAM-FX™ technology, an ionic, micronutrient and mineral platform delivery system for plants, which was originally developed for NASA’s human spaceflight program and is now being applied to agriculture here on Earth. Field trials with end user growers in multiple US States on a variety of crops continue to be undertaken on an ongoing basis. Preliminary results from these trials indicated that BAM-FX has a beneficial effect on crop yield, including more robust rooting, greater biomass, higher chlorophyll reactivity and increased sugar content. BAM-FX is able to systemically deliver minerals such as zinc and copper and other micronutrients into the cells of plants.
“The ability to combine the talents of our respective companies’ scientific and agricultural teams to develop potentially ground breaking new sources of renewable energy utilizing the world’s largest non-food crop is an exciting opportunity,” stated Harvey Kaye, Chairman of ZGSI.
Glenn Stinebaugh, President and CEO of BAM Agricultural Solutions, Inc. and Zero Gravity Solutions, stated, “Having spent 20+ years working in sustainable agriculture and economic development, the importance of the repurposing of tobacco is a worldwide opportunity and we are pleased to be associated with an industry leader such as Tyton.”
“By combining Tyton’s novel methods of growing and using tobacco for green chemicals production with BASI’s expertise and technology in micronutrient delivery, we have the opportunity to develop even better, more efficient crop yields, with tremendous potential for economic and environmental benefits,” stated Peter Majeranowski, President of Tyton.
About Zero Gravity Solutions, Inc.
Zero Gravity Solutions, Inc. (www.zerogsi.com) is an agricultural biotechnology public company commercializing its technology derived from and designed for Space with significant applications on Earth. These technologies are focused on providing valuable solutions to challenges facing world agriculture. ZGSI’s two primary categories of technologies aimed at sustainable agriculture are: 1) BAM-FX™, a cost effective, ionic nutrient delivery system for plants currently being introduced commercially into world agriculture and 2) Directed Selection™, utilized in the development and production, in the prolonged zero/micro gravity environment of the International Space Station, large volumes of Non-GMO, novel, patentable stem cells with unique and beneficial characteristics. The Company has operations in the United States and the United Kingdom.
About Tyton BioSciences, Inc.
Tyton BioEnergy Systems (www.tytonbio.com) is an agricultural biotechnology company that has developed unique tobacco technology to efficiently and economically produce low-cost sugars, oils and proteins at high profits for the green chemical, feed and existing biorefining markets. One acre of Tyton’s patented non-smoking tobacco outperforms corn, soy and other cellulosic feedstocks. Through its tobacco technology platform, Tyton is committed to delivering cost-competitive products while protecting the planet. The Company is headquartered in Danville, Virginia.
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