The allele, essentially an alternative form of a particular gene, represents the latest patent in Arcadia’s GoodWheat portfolio of non-GMO wheat varieties. It was developed using the company’s proprietary technology platform, ArcaTech.
"The invention of this higher-yielding high fiber wheat allele further demonstrates our commitment to enhancing the strength of our improved wheat platform," CEO Matthew Plavan said in a statement. "We continue to bring valuable and nutritional innovation to wheat – and ultimately consumers – through our partnership with Bay State Milling and Arista Cereal Technologies, which brings our high fiber resistant starch bread wheat to market in North America under Bay State's HealthSense brand portfolio."
Arcadia said it has licensed the patent to both Bay State and Arista Cereal.
Through multi-year field studies, Arcadia discovered that wheat carrying the allele produced yields 6% to 9% greater on average, with some yields as much as 30% greater.
The trials also indicated a reduction in cold sensitivity, the company said, which allows wheat to produce higher yields by protecting it from frost during the heading stage when it emerges from the stem.
Davis, California-based Arcadia focuses on three strategic crops: wheat, soybeans and hemp. The company's GoodWheat product line, which delivers nutritionally enhanced ingredients such as high fiber resistant starch and reduced gluten wheat varieties, recently made its commercial debut.
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