Arcadia Biosciences, Inc., Dow AgroSciences, LLC and Bioceres, SA recently agreed to collaboratively create and market novel traits for soybeans.
The collaboration will combine the technology, commercial seed capabilities and regulatory expertise of Dow AgroSciences with a top soybean abiotic stress platform as well as unique grower relationships based in South America made possible through Verdeca LLC, which is a joint venture between Bioceres and Arcadia.
“Soybean farmers are looking for productivity, and this collaboration holds great promise for the technology we can offer them,” Tim Hassinger, president and CEO of Dow AgroSciences, said. “Our own expertise, combined with Arcadia’s leadership position in abiotic stress traits and Bioceres’ strong relationship with large soybean growers, presents a unique opportunity for greater yields.”
The companies will develop the new soybean traits using Dow AgroSciences’ EXZACT Precision Technology platform.
“As more traits become available to be integrated into superior seed products, seed companies and trait collaborators face the challenge of deploying these solutions in a time-effective and cost-efficient manner,” Federico Trucco, CEO of Bioceres, said. “This collaboration will help us meet this challenge by deploying validated agronomic and crop protection technologies through the EXZACT platform, precisely stacking traits which could speed-up technology integration.”
Soybeans are the world’s fourth-largest crop, with more than 247 million acres of land globally devoted to the crop.
“Dow AgroSciences is one of the most respected names in our industry, with a traits pipeline that is second to none,” Eric Rey, president and CEO of Arcadia Biosciences, said. “The open-architecture of the Dow AgroSciences/Arcadia/Bioceres collaboration is the first of its kind, and represents the future of efficiently packaging and delivering a complete suite of high value traits to growers.”