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Applied DNA fulfils fertilizer molecular tag order

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Applied DNA Sciences Inc. has announced that it has fulfilled an order for its molecular tags to track fertilizer delivered by Rosier S.A. to Turkey and a number of African nations.

Applied DNA claims that this initial commercial order follows the successful pilots that were carried out in 2017, in which tagged fertilizer was tracked throughout a supply chain in Africa, and successfully authenticated in the field in front of government officials, agricultural industry players and institutional bankers.

Mark Schulz, Business Manager, Rosier Group, said: “We believe utilising SigNature DNA is a key step forward in securing supply chains in the regions where we conduct business.”

The President and CEO of Applied DNA, James Hayward, added: “This initial order is the latest demonstration of our continuing ability to monetise our deep DNA expertise in securing global supply chains to drive top-line growth. The mitigation of fertilizer dilution is a pervasive, global imperative, to which we believe we have the right solution and the right partner in Rosier to address.”

The CEO of Rosier Group, Willy Raymaekers, said: “Applying DNA to our fertilizers is an excellent and very practical example of Borealis and Rosier high ethical standards. Applying this technology to our fertilizers gives ‘smart fertilization’ a new and important meaning.”

Tony Benson, Managing Director of Applied DNA for EMEA, added: “With the ongoing adulteration of fertilizer, the benefits of molecular tagging for fertilizer manufacturers and farmers are obvious. Products are delivered without the risk of dilution, and the resulting lower crop yields and risks of local malnutrition. More importantly, the opportunity to divert high nitrates to explosive devices is greatly curtailed. Beyond the immediate beneficiaries, there are additional stakeholders that can also benefit from tagged fertilizer, including those governments who may expect a positive impact on GDP ensuring any subsidies to farmers for fertilizer have the desired impact and banks who provide loans to farmers for the purchase of fertilizers.”

Hayward added: “Having just returned from a visit with users and potential users of our technologies throughout Turkey, I am humbled to have seen, firsthand, the potential benefits of our technologies to the farmers, their families, the agricultural industry and to the safety of the Turkish people. We have filed US and international patent applications addressing our proprietary methods to tag, test and track fertilizer products, prevent fertilizer diversion, to quantify fertilizer dilution, and even to recover fertilizer DNA-tags from the environment after fertilizer application, whether the tagged fertilizer was applied to enhance crop yields or to disrupt society.”

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