On the heels of a media day hosted at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) sponsored by Verdesian Life Sciences, comes the announcement the Verdesian has signed a licensing agreement with LANL to develop and market their latest nitrogen enhancement technology for plants. The agreement extends the current relationship with LANL, under which Verdesian is marketing and distributing the research institution’s Take Off® crop nitrogen assimilator.
This next generation of nitrogen innovation helps improve photosynthesis by increasing carbon flow into a plant’s metabolism. This enhances the formation of amino acids, which perform multiple functions in plant metabolism and are critical to healthy plant growth. The improved photosynthesis also positively impacts reproductive growth.
“Nitrogen is one of the costliest, but critical, controllable inputs that can lead to a yield advantage,” said Nigel Grech, executive vice president, science & technology, Verdesian. “Unfortunately, our current methods of distributing nitrogen can result in great inefficiencies with a negative impact on the environment and wasted resources. This technology not only significantly adds to the ability of the farmer to improve crop nitrogen efficiency but also assists in coping with expanding regulations that are impacting agriculture globally. Our nitrogen efficiency innovation platforms have the potential to revolutionize agriculture as we know it.”
Verdesian will continue to work on the development of this new technology through 2014 with anticipated market entry by 2017.
“We are proud of our relationship with the Los Alamos National Laboratory; they are an important partner in our commitment to taking tomorrow’s science and delivering today’s returns,” said J.J. Grow, chief executive officer of Verdesian. “The lab’s proven technology helps us bring value to growers in both yield and efficiencies, and we look forward to our continued work together.”
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