2-Plants: U.S. Department of Defense funds longer-lasting GE tomatoes and lettuce
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TITLE: U.S. Department of defense to pay Arcadia Biosciences $2.9 million
for development of longer-lasting tomatoes and lettuce
SOURCE: Business Wire, USA
DATE: 14 Sep 2005
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U.S. Department of defense to pay Arcadia Biosciences $2.9 million for
development of longer-lasting tomatoes and lettuce
DAVIS - Arcadia Biosciences, an agricultural biotechnology company
focused on products that benefit the environment and human health, today
announced that it has secured a contract with the U.S. Department of
Defense (DoD), U.S. Army Natick Soldier Center, for $2.9 million to
develop longer-lasting fresh produce. Under the agreement, fresh tomatoes
and lettuce are the first products of focus.
The purpose of the DoD contract is to develop fresh produce for field
troops in areas where frequent supply deliveries are difficult to make.
Successful development of these products will contribute to the
nutrition, health, and morale of warfighters on the front lines by
providing them with better fresh food choices. Arcadia also will
commercialize the technology to the general public so consumers can
benefit from longer fresh food life and reduced spoilage.
"Diets of troops in some of areas are often constrained by the ability to
deliver fresh food on a regular basis. Development of longer-lasting
produce can help expand the dietary options and improve the morale of
soldiers by providing them with good-tasting, nutritious fresh food,"
said Patrick Dunne, senior science advisor to the US Army Natick Soldier
Center DoD Combat Feeding Program.
"In addition to serving our troops, products developed through this
contract will also help meet the needs of consumers who want fruits and
vegetables that won't spoil as quickly as currently available produce,"
added Eric Rey, president of Arcadia.
Arcadia will use its proprietary TILLING(R) advanced breeding technology
to develop longer lasting tomatoes and lettuce for the DoD. The TILLING
process efficiently identifies plants that carry valuable and useful
traits, and the genetic information that confer such traits. At the
genomic level, TILLING enables Arcadia researchers to discover variation
by specifically identifying a "knockdown" or "knockout" of any specific
gene's function. Arcadia, through its recent acquisition of Anawah, Inc.,
has already made significant progress in the development of longer-
lasting produce, produce with higher nutrient levels, and tomatoes with a
higher content of solids using TILLING. Products developed using TILLING
are classified as non-GMO.
Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash) was instrumental in securing the agreement
between Arcadia and the DoD.
"Napoleon said that an army fights on its stomach. Thanks to this
innovative project, American troops will have healthier, fresher produce
even when they're stationed in remote areas," Murray said. "This
investment means jobs at home and support for our troops abroad."
Much of the research in support of the DoD contract will take place in
Arcadia's Seattle research facility, where the company will add technical
staff in support of its TILLING product development efforts.
About Arcadia Biosciences, Inc. (www.arcadiabio.com )
Based in Davis, Calif., Arcadia Biosciences is an agricultural
biotechnology company focused on the development of profitable
agricultural products that improve the environment and enhance human
health. For more information visit (www.arcadiabio.com).
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