Biotech Updates

Drought Tolerant HB4 Soybeans Introduced in Argentina

August 15, 2018

A new soybean trait is bound to help farmers get compelling yield increases even under challenging climate conditions. The new technology dubbed as the HB4 soybean trait was presented by Verdeca at the AAPRESID Congress held in Cordoba, Argentina on August 8-10, 2018. The introduction of the new technology aims to invite soybean growers to participate in the testing of the trait as the initial step towards commercialization.

"HB4 technology will give growers a unique tool to help combat the challenges of managing climate variability," said Federico Trucco, CEO of Bioceres. Verdeca is a joint venture of Bioceres and Arcadia Biosciences. "Field trials conducted in the difficult drought conditions faced by Argentina's farmers in 2018 further validated this belief." "Positive results of our HB4 technology have been demonstrated in numerous field trials in major soybean production areas in South America and the U.S.," said Raj Ketkar, president and CEO of Arcadia Biosciences. "The technology is currently being bred into elite soybean varieties by Verdeca's seed company partners, and we are preparing for the commercial launch of HB4 in 2019, pending regulatory approval in China."

Argentina and the U.S. Food & Drug Administration have released approvals for the HB4 trait. Regulatory submissions are currently under consideration by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Brazil, and China.

Read the media release from Arcadia Biosciences.