By Sacramento Business Journal

Agricultural technology company Arcadia Biosciences Inc. has signed an agreement with the South African Sugarcane Research Institute to develop nitrogen use-efficient sugarcane, the companies jointly announced Monday.

Arcadiaâ¿¿s nitrogen use efficient technology (NUE) enables crops to maintain high yields while requiring much less nitrogen fertilizer. Combining this technology and the instituteâ¿¿s genetic resources will enable the development of high-yielding sugarcane that could require about half the amount of nitrogen fertilizer as conventional sugarcane, offering economic benefits to growers.

The South African Sugarcane Research Institute is a world-renown ag research institute that services South African sugarcane growers and millers. Under terms of the agreement, SASRI receives exclusive research rights to use Arcadiaâ¿¿s nitrogen technology in sugarcane in Africa.

⿿Sugarcane is a major global crop that contributes strongly to rural economies, food markets, and energy markets,⿝ Eric Rey, president and chief executive officer of Arcadia, said in a news release. ⿿NUE technology will result in improved economic results for farmers and, in parallel, reduced carbon footprints for consumer foods and fuels that utilize sugar.⿝

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