Cary, NC (October 29, 2014)
Verdesian Life Sciences, LLC (“Verdesian”) today announced that it has signed a licensing agreement with Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) to develop and market LANL’s 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 newest 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. Testing shows the new innovation not only enhances vegetative growth, but also 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.”
Los Alamos National Laboratory, a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security, is operated by Los Alamos National Security, LLC, a team composed of Bechtel National, the University of California, The Babcock & Wilcox Company and URS for the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration. Los Alamos enhances national security by ensuring the safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile, developing technologies to reduce threats from weapons of mass destruction, and solving problems related to energy, environment, infrastructure, health and global security concerns.
About Verdesian Life Sciences
Founded in 2012, Verdesian Life Sciences offers patented biological, nutritional, seed treatment and inoculant technologies for high-value specialty crops, row crops, and turf and ornamental markets. Verdesian’s plant-health products, nutritional catalysts and seed treatments/inoculants help growers farm more efficiently to maximize yields. Verdesian’s technologies answer the needs facing agriculture including increasing pressures on food demand, supply and food safety. Verdesian remains committed to the research and development of environmentally sustainable products. Further information about Verdesian is available at vlsci.com.