Arcadia Biosciences, Inc., an agricultural technology company focused on
developing technologies and products that benefit the environment and
human health, and SESVanderHave, a leading sugar beet breeding and
marketing company, today announced the achievement of key field
performance milestones for Nitrogen Use Efficient (NUE) sugar beets.
The companies conducted three years of field trials to assess yield
performance of Arcadia’s NUE technology in SESVanderHave’s sugar beet
varieties. Results from these trials show that experimental NUE sugar
beets produce higher yields than controls under different fertilizer
applications over multiple years.
“Results from the SESVanderHave field trials have been very
encouraging,” said Eric Rey, president and CEO of Arcadia. “These
results, along with results in other crops with Arcadia licensees, will
enable us to focus on the next stage of development, namely the
preparation of regulatory data that will become available to all of our
NUE technology licensees.”
”The data we have produced with the experimental NUE sugar beets have
shown a very significant potential for yield improvement under various
nitrogen regimes and have indicated that in some conditions highly
competitive yield could be achieved with less nitrogen input,” commented
Klaas Van der Woude, Research & Development Director of SESVanderHave.
“We are very enthusiastic to progress the development of the technology
in sugar beets rapidly, and to bring NUE seed products to support the
competitiveness and sustainability of the sugar beet industry.”
Yield in sugar beets is nitrogen-dependent as in many other crops, and
nitrogen fertilizers constitute a significant cost to the grower. Sugar
beets typically absorb only around one half of the fertilizer
applied; the rest can enter ground or surface water systems, or volatize
as nitrous oxide. Successful commercialization of NUE sugar beets can
help growers lower nitrogen fertilizer use while contributing to a
sustainable agriculture and reducing their environmental impact,
rendering both growers and the sugar industry more competitive in all
regions where beets are grown.
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 www.arcadiabio.com.
SESVanderHave is an international market leader in the sugar beet seed
industry, specialized in every aspect of the research, breeding,
production, processing and marketing of sugar beet seed. Worldwide,
SESVanderHave sells sugar beet varieties resulting from the continuous
research and breeding process with its proprietary germplasm. Each
variety represents a customized solution to the needs of a specific
sugar beet market. SESVanderHave pursues a proactive policy of
investments in biotechnology, modern breeding technologies and improved
seed technologies to improve the performance of the sugar beet crop.
Wherever sugar beets grow, SESVanderHave is present.