Applied DNA Sciences is expanding the use of its proprietary SigNature T DNA technology to cotton gins in Arkansas, California and Texas, in time for harvest and ginning season.
The new, fully-automated DNA Transfer Systems are equipped with real-time monitoring, security and data capture, ensuring efficient and consistent DNA tagging of cotton fibers during ginning.
“We worked in collaboration with our cotton team, including the growers, ginners, and our merchant, Louis Dreyfus, to prepare and install our technology for both Pima and upland cotton for this month’s harvest,” said Brian Viscount, director of product development at Applied DNA Sciences. “The fully automated systems will be used in tandem with our real-time, SigNify On-Site DNA verification systems, establishing authenticity and integrity at the beginning of the cotton supply chain.”
The new DNA Transfer Systems are designed to handle higher volumes of SigNature T tagging, including the previously announced increase of 50 million pounds of HomeGrown Lonestar and 10 million pounds of HomeGrown Acala upland cottons. Gins trained and certified in SigNature T will apply the technology for this season’s harvest.
For traceability from “source to shelf”, upland cotton can be used to produce home textiles such as towels and rugs.
“We provide certainty to a very complex textile supply chain,” said Dr. James Hayward, president and CEO of Applied DNA. “We offer an end-to-end platform that enables users to stay one step ahead. In just one DNA tagging campaign, entire companies and countries can be certain that their reputations for quality, integrity, and sustainability are preserved, from the source all the way to the shelf.”
Track-and-trace continues through the supply chain, with fiber, yarn and fabric sample genotyping and SigNature T DNA tagging and authentication managed through the digitalDNA textiles portal. A forensic and data-driven approach for assuring quality and label compliance will continue to reduce reliance on paper documentation, which often is not sufficient to prove origin or to substantiate label claims. Retailers, manufacturers and consumers can be assured that the final product comes from the same cotton that left the gin at the beginning of the supply chain.
Based in Stony Brook, NY, Applied DNA Sciences is a leading provider of DNA-based supply chain, anti-counterfeiting, authentication, genotyping and antitheft technologies.
Source – Applied DNA Sciences