China awards Arcadia 2nd NUE patent
The US agricultural biotechnology company, Arcadia Biosciences (Davis, California), has been awarded a second “key” patent covering its nitrogen use efficiency (NUE) technology by China. The patent protects technology critical for controlling NUE gene function. Arcadia was awarded its first Chinese NUE patent in April ( Agrow No 639, p25). The technology’s facilitating of a “significant” reduction in nitrogen fertiliser applications has been demonstrated in field trials in numerous crops, including rice and wheat.