Advanta, Arcadia to develop salt-tolerant sorghum

Advanta, the world's largest sorghum seed research and marketing company, has reached a research and commercial development agreement with Arcadia BioSciences for the development of salt-tolerant sorghum. Under terms of the agreement, Advanta receives exclusive global rights to Arcadia's salt-tolerance technology, which builds on the agreement the two companies struck in January for the development of nitrogen use efficient sorghum. Arcadia's salt-tolerance technology allows plants to produce normal yields and grain quality under salty water and soil conditions. This expands the range of lands available for crop production and reduces requirements for fresh water. The expected result will be high-yielding crops with a lower impact on the environment and an ability to grow on land currently not suitable for productive farming.