Arcadia, FuturaGene develop nitrogen use efficiency eucalyptus, poplar

Arcadia, FuturaGene to develop nitrogen use efficiency for eucalyptus, poplar

7:20 AM, 9th February 2013
Arcadia, FuturaGene to develop nitrogen use efficiency for eucalyptus, poplar
Eric Rey, President and CEO, Arcadia Biosciences.

DAVIS, US: Arcadia Biosciences Inc and FuturaGene Inc have signed an agreement for FuturaGene to develop eucalyptus and poplar trees using Arcadia’s Nitrogen Use Efficiency (NUE) and Water Use Efficiency (WUE) technologies. FuturaGene receives non-exclusive global rights to NUE and WUE technologies, expanding FuturaGene’s pipeline to enhance the performance of plantation forestry species.

The global acreage of plantation forestry has grown more than 50 per cent in the last twenty years to meet growing demand for wood and wood products. Arcadia’s NUE and WUE technologies aim to increase yields while reducing resource inputs and their associated environmental consequences. These improvements in nitrogen fertilizer and fresh water requirements will contribute to sustainable gains in productivity of plantation forestry.

“Plantation forestry is an important and renewable resource, providing socio-economic as well as environmental benefits. Carefully planned and managed forestry preserves water quality, enhances biodiversity, and contributes to carbon sequestration. As global demand for wood products increases, sustainable intensification by increasing and protecting yields will reduce pressures for extensive expansion. As a leader in forestry biotechnology, and controlled by Suzano Papel e Celulose SA, FuturaGene is a strong partner to bring these new products to the market,” said Eric Rey, President and CEO, Arcadia.

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