Davis, Calif.-based BioConsortia, Inc., has expanded its staff to include Christina Huben as senior vice president of operations and administration and Susan Turner as senior vice president of research and development.

BioConsortia names executivesHuben previously was on the leadership team at AgraQuest, a biopesticide company that was acquired by Bayer CropScience in August 2012. Turner has more than 20 years of research experience in the field of applied microbiology, according to the release.

The appointments, announced in a news release from the microbial research company, will help the company deliver products to growers, chief executive Marcus Meadows-Smith said in the release.

“We are building the best team to deliver innovative solutions for the most critical problems facing growers today from fertilizer use efficiency to overcoming abiotic stress,” he said in the release.

BioConsortia names executivesMeadows-Smith said in a an e-mail the company will have trials in the U.S. this year on products for tomatoes, peppers and leafy vegetables and more crops will be added in 2015 and beyond.