-- Technology Helps Vine-Ripened Tomatoes Stay Fresh from Farm to
DAVIS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
Arcadia Biosciences, Inc., an agricultural technology company focused on
developing technologies and products that benefit the environment and
human health, today announced that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
has granted the company a key technology patent for Extended Shelf Life
(ESL) tomatoes. The patent covers the non-transgenic modification of a
gene in tomato plants that slows the post-harvest ripening of the tomato.
“Arcadia’s ESL technology allows tomatoes to maintain fresh quality,
better flavor and nutrition while retaining the firmness needed during
the shipping and marketing process,” said Eric Rey, president and CEO of
Arcadia Biosciences. “This technology offers tremendous value for both
producers and consumers of tomato food products, including fresh market
tomatoes, canned tomatoes, ketchups, soups, sauces, pastes and juices.”
Globally, an estimated 10-35 percent of tomatoes are lost to
post-harvest spoilage. Using a non-GM advanced screening and breeding
technique called TILLING®, Arcadia has selected tomato lines with
altered function of the non-ripening (nor) gene. This results in
tomatoes that retain the desirable qualities of vine-ripened fruit, but
are resistant to rapid post-harvest softening. Producers benefit from
reduced waste and spoilage during production and shipping, providing
consumers with fully ripe and fresh tomatoes.
Other alterations to the non-ripening gene in tomatoes are widely
available, but they adversely impact tomato flavor because their effects
are too severe. Arcadia’s technology uniquely offers intermediate levels
of ripening that can be recombined using traditional breeding to produce
tomatoes that are superior to existing elite commercial varieties for
both producers and consumers.
Arcadia’s ESL technology was developed in part under a U.S. Department
of Defense contract to develop longer-lasting fresh produce for field
troops stationed in remote locations. Arcadia's patent portfolio now
includes more than 107 technology patents in the U.S., Europe, China,
Vietnam, Australia, Mexico, and other key geographies for agricultural
About Arcadia Biosciences, Inc.
Based in Davis, Calif., Arcadia Biosciences is an agricultural
technology company focused on the development of agricultural products
that benefit the environment and enhance human health. Arcadia’s
agronomic performance traits, including Nitrogen Use Efficiency, Water
Use Efficiency, Salt Tolerance, Heat Tolerance, and Herbicide Tolerance,
are all aimed at making agricultural production more economically
efficient and environmentally sound. Arcadia’s nutrition technologies
and products create healthier ingredients and whole foods with lower
production costs. The company was recently named one of MIT Technology
Review's 50 Smartest Companies and was previously recognized by AlwaysON
as one of the GoingGreen Silicon Valley Global 200. For more information
Arcadia Biosciences, Inc.
Jeff Bergau, +1-312-217-0419
Source: Arcadia Biosciences, Inc.