Safer disposal of salt water for CSG companies

Queensland-based biotechnology company PolyGenomX (PGX) has entered into a technology collaboration agreement with CSG Enviro Services that will expand its uniquely sustainable solution for the treatment and use of coal-seam gas water (CSGW).

PGX technology is a wholly natural, highly effective system for remediating the CSG industry’s process water. The PGX system also creates electricity producing biomass valued at twice the cost of running an RO treatment plant’s energy needs.

The agreement with CSG Enviro will lead to an initial bioengineered brine management system expected to be in operation this year.

The long term application of the agreement and use of PGX’s bioremediation system is expected to provide safer and sustainable CSG operations without adding major costs. The PolyX™ process enhances plants to grow faster, more robustly and increase yields. It does not involve the creation of GMO’s.

Peter Rowe, managing director of PolyGenomX, said the management and disposal of salt-rich brines generated from CSG and underground coal gasification extraction processes was a critical issue in the debate over industry safeguards.

“Adopting natural and sustainable solutions to remediate CSG water contamination could have a significant impact on the future of the industry and help assuage public health concerns,” he said.

PGX provides a bioremediation system that uses highly salt-tolerant epigenetically adapted plants to treat CSG production water and salt brines produced by reverse osmosis and other salt-extraction processes. The salt-consuming plants can be grown for biofuels and the trees can be grown for timber, with no salt contamination of the environment.

Dr Lee Fergusson, CEO of CSG Enviro Services, said, “We see the remarkable research and technology of PGX as being a perfect supplement to our already considerable knowledge base in salt water and brine management.”


Aussie Biotech Innovator Hosts Vietnamese Delegation

May 2012

Queensland based biotechnology company PolyGenomX Ltd (PGX) has played host to some of Vietnam’s most prominent business executives. Representatives of Vietnamese giant Dakruco and its subsidiaries Dak Lak Rubber and Dakrutech assessed the unique plant-based technology developed by this innovative Aussie company for use in improving their rubber plantations. Having grasped the broader applications for a range of faster-growing, tougher plants the group is now considering a number of other ventures based on these remarkable plants.

“Our technology allows us to greatly enhance the performance of any plants or trees in a natural manner. We expect growth rate and yield increases in the order to 30% or more, along with greater adaptivity to unfavourable environmental conditions. This means that plant-based businesses can now use unproductive land and yet still gain a shorter time-to-harvest with increased quality and yields.” says PGX MD Peter Rowe.

Dak Lak Rubber, with more than 25,000ha of rubber plantations is now looking forward to increased returns over a shorter time frame without the need for increased inputs of land, water or manpower.

The delegation, led by PGX’s Indochina partner, Viet Bach Nguyen of Global Resources Solutions, toured the PGX laboratory facilities and growing grounds based on the Gold Coast. The party then met with Deputy Premier, Jeff Seeney, at the Executive House in Brisbane and presented gifts of locally produced Moringa Tea for the Deputy Premier and specialty chocolates for Mrs Seeney.

“The Deputy Premier was very gracious and welcoming. Meeting him has been a great honour.” revealed Ms Vy Le of Global Resources Solutions.

Mr Hung, Chief Technical Officer of Dakruco said, “We have enjoyed the two days with PGX and appreciate the opportunity to learn more about such an innovative company. We see many uses for their plant and tree technology in a number of our own companies and look forward to a long and fruitful relationship.”


Aussie Biotech Innovator Partners with Indian Farming Giant

November 2011 – Media Release


A major double coup for Australian based bio-technology company PolyGenomX Ltd (PGX) was announced this week. It’s newly incorporated sister company PolyGenomX India has signed a deal within its first week of operating, with one of India’s largest enterprises the Indian Farm Forestry Development Cooperative (IFFDC), to trial its polygenomic Jatropha (Jatropha curcas pgx). This is the first stage in a collaborative R&D program to determine the best performing lines of Jatropha to provide India with on-going renewable energy sources. Plans for future trials include polygenomic Paulownia.

Jatropha is one of the leading candidates to satisfy the rapidly growing global demand for clean, renewable aircraft biofuel, and PGX has developed the world’s fastest-growing and highest yielding variety of this plant. Interestingly, polygenomics are the product of a proprietary but natural process and therefore are not GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms).

Identified by their unique genetic fingerprint, these “super plants” are faster growing, higher yielding and more robust than their diploid counterparts. While the 2012 pilot study will cover just 50ha, the first commercial stage of the IFFDC project scheduled for 2013 is expected to extend over 1,000 ha requiring more than 1 million plants.

PolyGenomX has shown it is a company that walks its talk by partnering with such an ethical organisation, “One of our values is to work in harmony with nature and to the benefit of humanity, and IFFDC has proven through their work of developing ecologically sustainable farming practices in wasteland areas, providing employment and income for rural communities and particularly to women, that they are aligned with similar values.” says PolyGenomX Ltd MD, Peter Rowe.

To date IFFDC has converted more than 26,900ha of wastelands into sustainable multipurpose forests. As part of the deal IFFDC has also agreed to act as a Plantation Management Partner with PolyGenomX.

“This agreement with IFFDC showcases PolyGenomX’s capabilities to a broader market, it allows major producers of bio-diesel to see first-hand the performance of our higher-yielding, more robust polygenomic plants. I think people will be very surprised by what we can do.” says Rowe.

Mr Raj Bharara, MD of PolyGenomX India commented “working with IFFDC as Plantation Management Partner is a great add on to our strengths and will improve our chances of breakthrough with other plant-based organisations. IFFDC enjoys an excellent reputation on its own and is part of one of the largest cooperatives in the world (IFFCO).”

Australian MD, Peter Rowe, said, “We are immensely proud to have been selected by a partner of the calibre of IFFDC for a project of this importance and scale. I am indebted to our PolyGenomX India MD, Raj, and to each member of our team here in Australia who have made this possible.”