– Improved Rice Will Enhance Farm Economics, Food Security and
Sustainable Agriculture in the Developing World –
DAVIS, Calif. & NAIROBI, Kenya--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 28, 2015--
Two years of field trials in Africa with leading lines of Nitrogen Use
Efficient (NUE) rice have demonstrated an average yield increase of 19
percent over the conventional control lines.
These results were reported jointly today by Arcadia Biosciences, Inc.,
an agricultural technology company, the Council for Scientific and
Industrial Research of Ghana’s Crops Research Institute (CSIR-CRI), the
National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO) of Uganda, and the
African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF).
CSIR-CRI and NARO have been testing the new rice lines using Arcadia’s
NUE trait at two field research locations in Kumasi, Ghana and
In the 2014 and 2015 field trials, eight out of the 15 NUE rice lines
out-yielded the conventional control lines under rain-fed upland
conditions applied with various nitrogen fertilizer rates. The leading
NUE rice line showed an average grain yield increase of 19 percent in
multiple field trials. At nitrogen rates of 30, 60 and 90 kg per
hectare, the yield increase of the leading NUE rice line was 25 percent,
14 percent and 19 percent, respectively, compared with the control lines.
The African field trial results build on results from field trials
carried out by the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)
in Colombia. In the CIAT trials, four years of testing at two locations
demonstrated an average yield increase from the NUE rice lines of 30
percent over the control rice lines.
“Arcadia’s NUE trait has consistently shown double-digit yield increases
in all major types of rice grown globally,” said Eric Rey, president and
CEO of Arcadia. “These results have been achieved in multiple
geographies, over many seasons, and under a variety of growing
conditions and nitrogen application rates. Our NUE trait has the
potential to deliver significant value to farmers worldwide, enabling
them to increase yield and farm revenue.”
Arcadia’s NUE trait was developed to help farmers increase crop yields
per unit of applied nitrogen fertilizer. Nitrogen fertilizer is a key
input to the global agricultural industry for increasing crop yield, but
conventional crops typically use less than half of the nitrogen
fertilizer applied. Much of the remainder moves through the soil and
enters ground and surface water systems, or volatilizes into the air as
a potent greenhouse gas. Arcadia’s NUE trait enables plants to produce
higher yields while reducing the environmental footprint of agriculture.
Rice is the world’s most valuable crop, grown on more than 395 million
acres globally with a harvest value of $429.3 billion in 2013. In
Africa, rice is one of the most cultivated and important food crops.
Most of Africa’s rice is produced and consumed by small-scale farmers
who are often constrained by challenging environmental conditions, such
as nutrient-deficient soil, drought and salinity. Soil nitrogen
deficiencies, in particular, affect approximately 90 percent of African
land used to grow rice and other crops.
Access to rice varieties that make better use of available nitrogen in
soil and respond more effectively to small amounts of fertilizer can
help alleviate these agricultural pressures on African farmers and can
minimize the continent’s dependency on food imports. According to the
United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, farmers in Sub-Saharan
Africa (SSA) produce about 22.5 million metric tons of rice annually,
yet the continent imports more than 13 million metric tons, valued at
approximately $7 billion.
The African NUE field trials are part of the NEWEST Rice project, a
collaboration between Arcadia and the AATF, working with the United
States Agency for International Development (USAID) and other
organizations under the Feed
the Future initiative to help bolster food security in Africa.
NEWEST Rice is a triple-gene stack rice variety that combines Arcadia’s
Nitrogen Use Efficiency, Water Use Efficiency and Salinity Tolerance
traits, helping farmers maintain productivity under variable conditions.
The multi-organizational effort leverages the experience of leading
African agricultural research organizations, as well as technical
expertise and a royalty-free license from Arcadia, to develop and test
new rice lines. The Public Intellectual Property Resource for
Agriculture provided access to enabling technologies, and CIAT conducted
initial field evaluations of the most promising new rice lines.
About Arcadia Biosciences, Inc.
Based in Davis, Calif., with additional facilities in Seattle, Wash. and
Phoenix, Ariz., Arcadia Biosciences (NASDAQ: RKDA) develops agricultural
products that create added value for farmers while benefitting the
environment and enhancing human health. Arcadia’s agronomic performance
traits, including Nitrogen Use Efficiency, Water Use Efficiency,
Salinity Tolerance, Heat Tolerance and Herbicide Tolerance, are all
aimed at making agricultural production more economically efficient and
environmentally sound. Arcadia’s nutrition traits and products are aimed
at creating healthier ingredients and whole foods with lower production
costs. The company was recently listed in the Global Cleantech 100 and
was previously named one of MIT Technology Review's 50 Smartest
Companies. For more information, visit www.arcadiabio.com.
About The African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF)
The African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) is a
not-for-profit organization that facilitates and promotes public/private
partnerships for the access and delivery of appropriate agricultural
technologies with potential to increase the productivity of
resource-poor smallholder farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa. For more
information, visit www.aatf-africa.org.
USAID is the lead U.S. Government agency that works to end extreme
global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize
About Feed the Future
Feed the Future is the U.S. Government’s global hunger and food security
initiative. With a focus on smallholder farmers, particularly women,
Feed the Future supports partner countries in developing their
agriculture sectors to spur economic growth and trade that increase
incomes and reduce hunger, poverty and under nutrition. For more
information, visit www.feedthefuture.gov.
About the CSIR-Crops Research Institute, Ghana
The mission of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research of
Ghana’s Crops Research Institute (CSIR-CRI) is to ensure high and
sustainable crop productivity and food security through development and
dissemination of environmentally sound technologies. CSIR-CRI has a
broad research mandate covering all food and industrial crops. These
include maize, rice, cowpea, soybean and groundnut. Others are cassava,
yam, cocoyam, sweet potato, vegetables and fruit crops, plantain and
bananas. For more information visit www.cropsresearch.org.
About the National Agricultural Research Organisation, Uganda
The National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO) is the apex body
for guidance and coordination of all agricultural research activities in
the national agricultural research system in Uganda. Its goal is to
enhance the contribution of agricultural research to sustainable
agricultural productivity, economic growth, food security and poverty
eradication through generation and dissemination of appropriate
technologies, knowledge and information. For more information visit www.naro.go.ug.
About the Public Intellectual Property Resource for Agriculture
The Public Intellectual Property Resource for Agriculture (PIPRA) is a
non–profit initiative which helps developing countries access new
technologies by decreasing intellectual property barriers, improving
commercialization strategies, and increasing technology transfer. PIPRA
also helps public institutions more broadly by supporting them in
getting their technological innovations to those who need it most. For
more information visit www.pipra.org.
About the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)
CIAT is an international agricultural research organization focused on
eco-efficient agriculture that is, farming systems that better harness
the available resources to be more competitive and to sustainably
increase productivity, while leaving a smaller environmental footprint.
CIAT significantly contributes to major global initiatives that seek to
reduce rural poverty, strengthen food security, improve human health and
nutrition, and sustainably manage natural resources throughout the
developing world. For more information, visit www.ciatnews.cgiar.org.
Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the
meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995,
including statements relating to Arcadia’s NUE trait and the regulatory
process for such trait. Forward-looking statements are subject to risks
and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially,
and reported results should not be considered as an indication of future
performance. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited
to: Arcadia’s and its partners’ ability to develop commercial products
incorporating its traits, including the NUE trait, and complete the
regulatory review process for such products; Arcadia’s compliance with
laws and regulations that impact the company’s business, and changes to
such laws and regulations; Arcadia’s future capital requirements and
ability to satisfy its capital needs; and the other risks set forth in
Arcadia’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission from time
to time, including the risks set forth in Arcadia’s Quarterly Report on
Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2015 and other filings. These
forward-looking statements speak only as of the date hereof, and Arcadia
Biosciences, Inc. disclaims any obligation to update these
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