Arcadia Biosciences is a global leader in designing crops to meet the needs of a hungry population in a resource restricted world. Our innovations bring new value to formerly commoditized crops through functional nutritional benefits like added fiber, reduced allergens and increased yield.
We use three technology platforms to improve crops, maximize productivity and mitigate environmental stresses, matching our approach to consumer preferences within a market:
- TILLING: Arcadia researchers compile plant populations optimized for high allelic diversity, creating seed and DNA libraries. These libraries can be mined to find new crop varieties with valuable characteristics– like GoodWheat™ high amylose wheat.
- CRISPR-Cas9: Arcadia scientists use CRISPR gene editing like a zipper inside a crop’s DNA to knock-out or knock-down gene function, resulting in an improved variety.
- TRANSGENICS: Historically, scientists in Arcadia’s California labs have used transgenic techniques to transfer genetic materials into key crop species, conferring new crop characteristics – like HB4 soybeans marketed through our joint venture Verdeca in Argentina, which are made drought tolerant by the insertion of a gene and promoter from sunflower