Arcadia Biosciences and Advanta to Develop Salt Tolerant Sorghum

Thu Apr 9, 2009 9:00am EDT

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-- Improvement In Salt Tolerance Technology To Increase Productivity and
Decrease Fresh Water Requirements for Sorghum Farming --
DAVIS, Calif.--(Business Wire)--
Arcadia Biosciences, Inc, an agricultural technology company focused on
developing technologies and products that benefit the environment and human
health, and Advanta, a leading multinational seed company, today announced that
the companies have reached a research and commercial development agreement for
the development of Salt Tolerant sorghum. Under terms of the agreement, Advanta
receives exclusive global rights to the use of Arcadia`s Salt Tolerance
technology in sorghum. Arcadia receives an upfront payment, milestone payments
and a share of commercial sales revenue. This agreement builds upon the
agreement the two companies reached in January 2009 for the development of
Nitrogen Use Efficient (NUE) sorghum. 

Sorghum is an important feed crop grown on more than 100 million acres globally.
As the world`s population grows, the need to produce more food and feed will
increase pressure on fresh water resources for crops. Using existing sorghum
varieties, farmers will need more land to grow sorghum crops and require more
scarce water resources to achieve much-needed yield increases. Therefore, the
ability to reduce reliance on fresh water and maintain high crop yields in
salt-impacted environments is critical. Arcadia's Salt Tolerance technology
allows plants to produce normal yields and quality under salty water and soil
conditions, expanding the range of lands available for crop production and
reducing requirements for fresh water. The expected result is high-yielding
crops with a lower impact on the environment and ability to grow on land that is
currently not suitable for productive farming. 

In addition, sweet sorghum is a highly productive potential biofuel source.
Through the combination of technologies like NUE and Salt Tolerance, Arcadia and
Advanta anticipate development of a highly-efficient sweet sorghum biofuel crop
that can create an alternative fuel source with significantly reduced
environmental impact, low requirements for fresh water, and more favorable
economics than other potential biofuel sources. 

"Considering the global importance of sorghum as a food source and the increased
interest in the crop as a source of renewable energy, it`s critical to utilize
new agricultural technologies that maximize the crop`s potential and minimize
its environmental impact," said Eric Rey, president and CEO of Arcadia.
"Development of Salt Tolerant sorghum varieties can help farmers who produce
sorghum for feed or fuel to farm more efficiently, cost-effectively and in a way
that`s better for our global environment." 

"This is a step in the direction of fulfilling our promise to deliver the latest
technologies to the sorghum farmers around the world. We believe in the future
of sorghum in the world and are fully committed to bringing about a greater role
for technology in this crop. We are glad to be associated with Arcadia
Biosciences in this effort," said VR Kaundinya, CEO and Managing Director of

About Arcadia Biosciences, Inc.

Based in Davis, Calif., with additional facilities in Seattle, Wash. and
Phoenix, Ariz., Arcadia Biosciences is an agricultural technology company
focused on the development of agricultural products that improve the environment
and enhance human health. For more information visit 

About Advanta

Advanta is a global seed company located in India with a wide range of
proprietary products in important crops that improve the productivity and
profitability of the farmers in different parts of the world. Advanta is a
member of the United Phosphorous Group of Companies. For more information visit 

Arcadia Biosciences, Inc.
Jeff Bergau

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