The US microbial crop solutions company, BioConsortia (Davis, California), has made several appointments to its research and development team. Dr Graham Hymus is to lead the company's plant physiology efforts. He was previously principal scientist at Mendel Biotechnology. Dr Thomas Williams will expand and manage BioConsortia's microbial culture collection. He was previously doing post-doctoral research with the Western Center for Food Safety at the University of California, Davis. Dr Elsebeth Kolmos fills the position of plant geneticist. She was formerly a post-doctorate researcher at the University of Southern California.