Applied DNA Sciences Inc. (APDN), a Stony Brook, N.Y. provider of DNA-based supply chain, anti-counterfeiting and anti-theft technology, product genotyping and product authentication solutions, has shipped SigNature® T DNA to tag 100 million pounds of cotton during Fiscal Year 2015 (ending Sept. 30, 2015). Cotton gins are expected to run in the U.S. through approximately February 2016, and APDN’s selling efforts are ongoing.
In June 2015, the company announced the sale of DNA to tag more than 20 million pounds of cotton. That number has grown to 100 million pounds and includes DNA-tagging cotton under both of its brands: “PimaCottTM,” for DNA-tagged Pima cotton and “HomeGrownTM” for DNA- tagged American Upland cotton. To keep up with demand, APDN is installing its proprietary SigNature T DNA-transfer systems at multiple cotton gins throughout the U.S.
Using APDN’s patented SigNature T DNA technology, cotton fibers can be tagged at source, verified as “American grown” and then traced through every step of the supply chain. The company’s patented genotyping platform, known as “fiberTyping®”, is used before tagging with SigNature T botanical DNA. fiberTyping is employed to identify the genus and species of the fibers before they are tagged with SigNature T DNA. fiberTyping cannot be used to track a specific cotton batch through the supply chain, a function which can only be accomplished by SigNature T.