Biotech Updates

NUE Efficient Sugar Beets Field Test Results Released

June 8, 2012

Research partners Arcadia Biosciences, Inc. and SESVanderhave announced the successful three year field trials of nitrogen use efficient (NUE) sugarbeets. The crop has been genetically modified to produce higher yields compared to controls under different fertilizer applications over multiple years.

"The data we have produced with the experimental NUE sugar beets have shown a very significant potential for yield improvement under various nitrogen regimes and have indicated that in some conditions highly competitive yield could be achieved with less nitrogen input," commented Klaas Van der Woude, Research & Development Director of SESVanderHave. "We are very enthusiastic to progress the development of the technology in sugar beets rapidly, and to bring NUE seed products to support the competitiveness and sustainability of the sugar beet industry."

Upon successful commercialization of NUE sugar beets, growers can use lower nitrogen fertilizer and can contribute to a sustainable agriculture and thereby reduce their environmental impact.

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