OrganoCat Partners with Monty’s Plant Food Company to Bring New Products to Market

August 23rd, 2012

Louisville, Ky. – OrganoCat, a leading developer of agricultural technology, waste remediation solutions, and industrial process improvement technology is partnering with Monty’s Plant Food Company in an exclusive agreement to bring new products to market in the agriculture and commercial growing industry.

Over the past three years, OrganoCat has invested heavily in new technology development, which will be brought to market by Monty’s. Monty’s Plant Food Company, www.montysplantfood.com, markets and sells industry leading products utilizing OrganoCat’s proprietary and innovative Active Humic Technology™ to maximize a farmer’s yield. Founded in 1997, Monty’s boasts strong field trial results and testimonials from growers throughout the country. Monty’s also offers plant and soil products for the horticulture, lawn and garden and turf industries.

Projects currently under development include new, patent-pending stabilized and buffered NPK formulations. In addition, non-ionic humic products are being developed that will offer a truly sustainable solution for delivering nutrients to crops while mitigating the negative impacts on soil biology.

The agreement gives Monty’s the exclusive rights to market new technologies in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Central America. The technologies will be developed under the leadership of Dr. Alexander Shulgin, a leading scientist in the field of soil biology and remediation. A native of the former Soviet Union, Dr. Shulgin shares more than 50 patents and has authored or co-authored over 180 scientific and technical works, publications and reports.

“We are appreciative of Monty’s as a long-standing customer, and we are extremely excited to enter into a strategic partnership to advance our relationship,” said Jeff Sangalli, OrganoCat’s vice president and general manager. “We have so many new and innovative technologies and Monty’s is an excellent company to bring these innovations to their growing distribution network for the benefit of their customers and ultimately the agricultural producers.”

About OrganoCat

OrganoCat is a green science and technology company focused on developing innovative materials, processes and applications to optimize the performance of and protect the soil and crops from existing agricultural products, and to remediate waste and toxins in water, soil and industrial byproducts. The synergistic nature of its technology provides innovation well beyond the core platform, enabling primary and secondary benefits to the end-user. It also enables new product development in industries outside of the core business segments it serves. OrganoCat currently sells product into the agriculture and industrial waste markets. Email your inquiries about OrganoCat LLC to info@organocat.com.

New Approach to Treating Oil Spills

July 6th, 2011

Oil Treatment Technical Brief 

For more information, please contact OrganOCat at info@organocat.com, or call Joe Henehan at (502)364-6053

New Oil Spill Remediation Technology

July 6th, 2011

Over the past year, scientists from OrganoCat have developed a new, all-natural, broad spectrum (gas, diesel, crude oil, etc.), highly effective and economical technology for hydrocarbon remediation called Soil Rx. The technology works using classic bio-remediation principles coupled with a new, Active Humic Technology as the base material. This new base material, developed by OrganoCat,

1. Builds a “scaffolding” around the oil using hydrophobic (water repelling) bond sites.

2. Stimulates hydrocarbon-oxidizing bacteria and protects them from the initial toxic effects of the oil.

3. Disperses the oil to allow for oxygen penetration and bacterial colony formation.

4. Enables the bacteria to contact and decompose the oil using the “scaffolding” and the hydrophilic (water attracting) bond sites on the base material.

An initial seeding of specific bacteria kick-start the process, followed by stimulation and rapid growth of native bacteria which decompose the oil into water, CO2, and ultimately humus formation in soil, and active silt-like formation in water.

Soil Rx works on both soil and water. For soils, it has been tested in the lab and independently tested for toxicology and effectiveness using EPA standards with successful results. Lab tests show that the product satisfies the requirements in Title 40, CFR section 300.915 of the NCP (National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan). Furthermore, it has been tested in the field on hydrocarbon land farming operations in Canada, oil refinery spills in Kentucky and elsewhere, producing consistent, effective, and economical bio-remediation of various hydrocarbons. Initial commercial sales have started on Soil Rx. For water, Soil Rx has been tested in the lab and we are seeking partners to test in the field as a new methodology for water-based oil spills.

The key benefits of this technology are:

  • EFFECTIVENESS… Highly Effective Decomposition of Petroleum, Chlorinated, Polycyclic Hydrocarbons
  • IN-SITU REMEDIATION… No Need to Excavate Soils & No Dig-N-Dump Costs for Contaminated Soils
  • ENVIROMENTALLY FRIENDLY… “Green” Remediation Technology & Added Benefits To Soil/Water
  • REDUCED CLEANUP COST… Significant Labor & Application Cost Savings
  • EASE-OF-USE… Can be Used through Multiple Application Methods

 

For more information, contact OrganoCat at info@organocat.com or call Joe Henehan at (502) 364-6053.

Senior Technologist Added to OrganoCat Team

May 24th, 2011

Louisville, KY – OrganoCat LLC (www.organocat.com) announces the hiring of Anton Shulgin to its technical staff as a Senior Environmental Research Scientist. Anton has a PhD in Mining Physics and Chemistry from the Moscow State Mining University and a Master of Business from the Russian Academy of Foreign Trade. “We have undertaken an intense period of R & D over the past two years, and we need to increase our ability to productize this technology into innovative solutions”, says Jeff Sangalli, GM and VP of OrganoCat. “Anton brings both technical understanding and real-world experience working in the exact areas of our development – agricultural products for soil and plant fertility, organic nitrogen stabilization, and non-ionic, organically buffered and stabilized plant foods, hydrocarbon remediation, and waste remediation – all of which meet our commitment to sustainable agricultural and waste remediation technologies to meet the needs of the future.”

About OrganoCat
OrganoCat is a green science and technology company focused on developing innovative materials, processes and applications to optimize the performance of and protect the soil and crops from existing agricultural products, and to remediate waste and toxins in water, soil and industrial byproducts. The synergistic nature of its technology provides innovation well beyond the core platform, enabling primary and secondary benefits to the end-user. It also enables new product development in industries outside of the core business segments it serves. OrganoCat currently sells product into the agriculture and industrial waste markets. Email your inquiries about OrganoCat LLC to info@organocat.com.

A New Approach to Recovering Forests Damaged By Fire

January 26th, 2010

Plant Sprout  Forest fires are an age old occurrence that has both natural and unnatural causes. The results of forest fires are devastating in terms of the overall short-term ecology of the effected area, including the destruction of microbial life and organic matter in the top 4-8 inches of topsoil. Additionally, large amounts of carbon dioxide (CO2) release into the atmosphere in a short period of time, reversing the carbon sink benefits from the forest derived over many decades. It is not clear how much impact this carbon dioxide release into the atmosphere has on the overall planet, but in conjunction with fossil fuel burning, it is a contribution that is worth resolving.

 Under normal, natural conditions, atmospheric carbon is transferred to the forest through the process of photosynthesis. The forest, in turn, releases carbon dioxide back into the air as soil microorganisms decompose dead organic matter, and trees and mosses metabolize the products of photosynthesis1. So there is a symbiotic relationship between the microorganisms and organic matter in the soil, and the plant life above the soil. A forest fire destroys these living organisms quickly and effectively, requiring years to recover.

 Once a fire destroys a forest, it may take 20 years until it experiences a net gain in carbon storage (absorption)1,2. In a study partially funded by NASA, Marcy Litvak, a plant ecologist at the University of Texas at Austin and her colleagues, Scott Miller and Michael Goulden of the University of California, Irvine, and Steve Wofsy of Harvard University monitored carbon dioxide emissions over black spruce stands in Manitoba, Canada. These stands ranged in age from 11 to 130 years old. It was determined that trees between 20-50 years old had a net carbon absorption, and then gradually dropped off to zero by 130 years. Younger trees also had a net zero absorption until about 11 years old, at which time they began to absorb more carbon then they “exhale”1. When a fire destroys the microorganisms and organic matter in the topsoil, it becomes hydrophobic (repels water) and thus dry, resulting in erosion, compaction, poor yield, etc.

 Based on these negative affects, one key to helping speed the restoration process of a forest is determining how to quickly rebuild the soil, reduce the secondary effects that result from the fire, and start the net gain carbon storage sooner.

 FlorisTM is a highly hydrophilic, biologically, geologically and chemically active material developed by OrganoCat that increases organic matter formation, increases the water holding capacity of soil, improves other soil’s properties and functions, stimulates native microorganisms and plant growth and development. It has been shown that adding Floris to the soil can increase organic matter content by an average of 1% in as quickly as 21 – 45 days. An increase in organic matter content of 1% is equal to 24 tons of soil organic matter. For example, Floris added to 2.47 acres of soil absorbs between 36.75 and 43.29 tons of carbon dioxide. On average, this is equivalent to 40 tons of CO2. Additionally, FlorisTM stimulates native microbes and enzymes which promote the humification process, thus saving organic matter from mineralization/ decomposition. Increased organic matter leads to increased water holding capacity, increased nutrient holding and utilization by plants, reduced toxicity effects from salt, heavy metals and other toxins, and increased soil fertility.

 In summary, forest fires release carbon stored in the plants and destroy much of the topsoil. Without intervention, a normal forest takes 20 years until it returns to become a net gain carbon sink. FlorisTM is a material that can speed the recovery of the soil, begin the carbon holding process and decrease the overall recovery time of the forest, providing a simple, practical and responsible solution to a regularly occurring problem. For more information, please visit our website, www.organocat.com. You may submit an inquiry at info@organocat.com.

  1. “Fire Frequency Determines Forest Carbon Storage.” NASA. Web. 21 Mar. 2003.
  2. MacMillan, Sadie, “Fires’ carbon contribution.” GeoTimes. Web. 12 Nov. 2007.

New Thinking on Carbon Dioxide Sequestration

January 25th, 2010

 

Fertile Soil The very mention of global warming solicits varying responses and varying degrees of passion. Some people don’t believe in human caused global warming at all, while others view it as the most important concern facing mankind and the planet earth as a whole. There are also differing views on the predictability and extent of climate change. Some see the current increases in surface temperature as a localized event, primarily occurring at the polar ice caps in the northern hemisphere, and indeterminate in the southern polar cap. Others see the periodical climate change as global scale climate shifts driven by forces beyond significant human influence.

It is believed by many that one of the primary components of climate change is an increase in greenhouse gasses. The major greenhouse gasses are water vapor, carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (N2O), ozone (O3), and CFC’s. Over the past several years there has been a call for action to reduce the greenhouse gas forms that human activity can influence such as CO2, CH4, CFC’s and N2O, with carbon dioxide being the most targeted from an industrial and consumer standpoint. This is the focus of this Tech Blog.

Carbon dioxide is an abundant, naturally occurring compound that is used by plants for photosynthesis and in soil for organic compound forming processes. It is emitted from volcanoes, geysers, hot springs and other geothermal processes. It is also a byproduct of burning fossil fuels and other organic matter, e.g., tropical forests, farm debris, etc.

Current thinking suggests that CO2 must be captured and stored in some form, thus removing it from the greenhouse gas equation – a process called CO2 sequestration. Many approaches, however, seek to sequester CO2 using chemical processes and/or by liquefying and pumping it into the ground for storage using subsurface saline aquifers, reservoirs, aging oil fields, or other carbon sinks. The problem is that many of these methods take as much or more energy, and resulting CO2 creation, as they sequester – so the net sum is very small. There is a new line of thinking, however, that seeks to utilize the earth’s natural bio-cycle to sequester CO2.

In nature, there are two processes that work on organic waste conversion – namely, mineralization and humification. Mineralization is the process by which micro-organisms convert organic matter into simple substances like CO2, N2, H2O, etc. Humification is the process by which micro-organisms and enzymes convert organic matter into new, carbon rich soil organic matter. During new organic matter formation in soil, CO2 is absorbed from the air and converted into carbon based compounds; or in other words, a new soil organic matter formation. This newly created combined carbon-rich organic matter will remain stable under normal conditions for several hundreds to thousands of years. Therefore, a new line of thinking seeks to promote the new soil organic matter formation and humification processes within soil, thus drawing CO2 from atmospheric air, holding the carbon and releasing the oxygen.

Stay tuned for breakthroughs in this technology or contact OrganoCat at info@organocat.com to learn more about our technology in this area.

Preventing Fertilizer Induced Organic Matter Dissolution And Decomposition in Soil

September 3rd, 2009

One of the key elements of modern agricultural practice is the use of chemical fertilizers. The benefits of using nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium are well understood and documented, and have led to dramatic increases in crop yield. But what is not well understood are the negative affects of chemical fertilizers, especially nitrogen fertilizers, on the soil.

Urea is a widely used nitrogen containing fertilizer. Dry urea pellets, as well as other nitrogen containing fertilizers, are a highly soluble material and available for conversion into ammonium carbonates and then to nitrates. Urea and urea’s converted compounds, especially nitrates, leach out of topsoil from rain and irrigation and are very easily released into the atmosphere in the form of nitrous oxide or nitrogen into ground water. This leads to environmental issues like increases in the potent greenhouse gas, NOx, and eutrophication. Some methods exist to slow down the conversion of urea’s nitrogen to prevent leaching and gas emission, but they are expensive and often ineffective.

Another problem with nitrogen fertilizers is their impact on the soil. Original urea and its converted compounds dissolve both the soil’s organic matter and minerals resulting in reduced soil fertility and properties, and the elimination of the functions performed by these valuable soil constituents. For example, it can be demonstrated in the lab that liquid urea can dissolve organic matter, making it available for leaching.

Picture A: Right and left beaker containing soil with organic matter (humus).

Picture A: Right and left beaker containing soil with organic matter (humus).

Pictures A and B demonstrate how liquid urea dissolves organic matter in the soil. Picture A contains two beakers with soil. In Picture B, water is added to the left beaker and liquid urea is added to the right beaker. After a few minutes, the left beaker is still clear, indicating that no organic matter was dissolved from the soil. In the right beaker, the liquid turned a red-brown color, indicating organic matter was dissolved into the solution. This is a simple experiment, but it demonstrates an important principle that manifests itself in the field. The principle is that nitrogen fertilizer, once dissolved in the ground, will dissolve and decompose organic material, allowing it to be washed away through leaching.

Picture B: Right beaker contains soil with water; Left beaker contains soil with urea.

Picture B: Right beaker contains soil with water; Left beaker contains soil with urea.

OrganoCat is developing new materials to coat dry nitrogen pellets (as well as phosphorus and potassium) to slow their release and protect soil organic matter from rapid dissolution and leaching away. Check out product literature on NutraSafeTM for more information about reducing the negative affects of nitrogen fertilizers on soil organic matter at www.organocat.com.

Welcome to OrganoCat!

August 10th, 2009

Louisville, KY – Today OrganoCat LLC launched a new website (www.organocat.com) and Tech Blog. The website is designed for efficient navigation, clear understanding and easy sharing. “We have a portfolio of extremely innovative, powerful and effective technology that we offer”, Jeff Sangalli OrganoCat VP/GM said. “The website is designed to clearly describe our portfolio using terminology and content that is quickly understandable by technical and business professionals as well as business leaders, decision makers, entrepreneurs, and investors. We want to help clients move into business discussions on how to design sustainable solutions and solve important problems.”

About OrganoCat
OrganoCat is a green science and technology company focused on developing innovative materials, processes and applications to optimize the performance of and protect the soil and crops from existing agricultural products, and to remediate waste and toxins in water, soil and industrial byproducts. The synergistic nature of it’s technology provides innovation well beyond the core platform, enabling primary and secondary benefits to the end-user. It also enables new product development in industries outside of the core business segments it serves. OrganoCat currently sells product into the agriculture and industrial waste markets. Email your inquiries about OrganoCat LLC to info@organocat.com.