Arcadia Biosciences, Inc.
Arcadia was founded in 2002 to develop agricultural products that benefit the environment and enhance human health. Arcadia has a unique and diverse portfolio of traits applicable to major crops globally. Arcadia’s traits and products create added value for growers, food processors and consumers by increasing crop yields and input efficiencies, improving food quality and reducing the impact of agriculture on the environment. Arcadia uses a number of technology tools to develop its products, including precise genetic screening, advanced breeding techniques and genetic engineering.
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Arcadia Biosciences develops and commercializes agriculture-based technologies that create value for growers and consumers while benefiting the environment and enhancing human health.
Arcadia Biosciences was founded in 2002 to pursue agriculture-based business opportunities that improve the environment and human health.
Arcadia identifies and develops promising technologies. The company commercializes products from these technologies through channels that will deliver the most value to consumers, producers, our partners and our shareholders.
We use a number of technology tools-both GM and non-GM-to develop our product portfolio, including precise genetic screening, advanced breeding techniques and genetic engineering. Our current areas of focus include:
Environment Health Technologies
- Nitrogen Use Efficient Crops
- Salt Tolerant Plants
Human Health Technologies
- GLA Safflower Oil
- Extended Shelf-Life Produce
Arcadia is privately held and has its headquarters in Davis, CA, with additional facilities in Seattle, WA, and Phoenix, AZ.
Our commitment to the developing world:
We recognize that improved crops can have a significant positive impact on food and water issues in developing countries, and we believe that many of our technologies are applicable to these situations.
We're committed to maintaining an ongoing dialogue with leaders in the developing world and learning about specific needs in key regions.
Where possible and appropriate, we will work with research institutions, non-government organizations (NGOs) and government agencies to make our technologies available at no cost to researchers for use in crops that are essential in the developing world but not core to our business.
We will be active in seeking opportunities to contribute ideas and technologies as part of a solution to the challenges of feeding people and improving economic well-being. To further enhance these programs, we will remain involved in the technology transfer process and provide technical guidance throughout the development process.
- We use the most modern and effective combination of technologies available to develop improved plants that help enhance environmental and human health. These technologies include high-throughput screening, advanced plant breeding and precise genetic engineering.
- At the genomic level, TILLING enables Arcadia researchers to discover variation by specifically identifying a 'knockdown' or 'knockout' of any specific gene. Knockdowns in specific genes produce a reduction of function that is often sufficient to result in a desired trait.
- TILLING was developed in the Basic Sciences Division at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in late 1999.
Agriculture and the environment
According to the FAO, with the world’s population forecasted to reach 9 billion people by the year 2050, agricultural productivity will need to increase by about 70% globally. But while the demand for food is increasing, the amount of arable land and fresh water for agriculture is decreasing, and the effects of climate change are putting even more pressure on growers.
Arcadia’s traits such as Water Use Efficiency and Salinity Tolerance, help growers protect their crops against the effects of climate change, while others, like Nitrogen Use Efficiency, can help improve crop productivity while reducing agriculture’s negative impact on the environment.
Food Security In The Developing World
More than 800 million people in the world go to bed hungry every night, according to the UN World Food Programme, and the vast majority of them live in developing countries. With global population expected to reach 9 billion by 2050, agricultural production will need to increase by at least 70 percent to meet the demand.
Arcadia is committed to providing developing nations with access to transformational agronomic traits that will have a meaningful impact locally and globally. Arcadia actively pursues opportunities to contribute ideas and technologies to address the challenges of feeding people and improving economic wellbeing.
Some of Arcadia’s international development projects include:
- African rice varieties with enhanced nitrogen efficiency (NUE rice), and combined NUE, drought and salt tolerance (NEWEST rice)
- Heat tolerant wheat varieties for South Asia
- Abiotic stress tolerant rice and wheat for India
- Abiotic stress tolerant rice for Bangladesh and Indonesia
- Abiotic stress tolerant millet for Africa and South Asia
Arcadia has also helped expand the expertise of international scientists through capacity building training programs, both in-country and in the U.S.