An ag technology company based in California -- Arcadia Biosciences, Inc. -- today announced the State Intellectual Property Office of China has issued it a key patent for technology critical to controlling Nitrogen Use Efficiency (NUE) gene function. The patent adds to the company’s Chinese patent portfolio, which includes patents in both nitrogen use efficiency and salt tolerance, and is another key step in the company’s efforts to help Chinese farmers improve on-farm economics, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and enhance China’s food security initiatives.
According to the company's press released, about one-half of the fertilizer farmers apply is not used by the plant. "Arcadia’s proprietary NUE technology enables farmers to achieve high yields using significantly less nitrogen fertilizer. The company has demonstrated the technology in field trials in numerous crops, including primary Chinese edible grains, such as rice and wheat," it states.
"Chinese growers are striving to keep up with the country’s significant demand to feed its people. Ongoing increase in population combined with a rapidly growing middle class has created a measurable need for new agricultural technologies that improve productivity and achieve low-carbon agriculture," said Eric Rey, president and CEO of Arcadia. "The issuance of our second Chinese NUE patent is another critical step toward our ability to offer Chinese farmers technology to maintain high yields and benefit the environment."
Juli says: Interesting technology. The rapid industrialization and population growth in China is creating a need to increased food production in the region with fewer inputs. Arcadia is the first to the table with this technology.