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Phytelligence Inks Strategic Partnership With The Association For The Development Of Hop Agronomy

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BURIEN, Wash. – May 25, 2017 – PRLog — Phytelligence, an agricultural biotechnology company revolutionizing the way food crops are grown, today announced a strategic partnership with the Association for the Development of Hop Agronomy (ADHA). The partnership allows the ADHA to utilize Phytelligence’s repository program to protect newly-developed hop varieties in a sterile and safe environment.  Phytelligence’s proprietary micropropagation technology, MultiPHY™ will be leveraged in the relationship to rapidly propagate large quantities of confirmed true to type, virus free hop plants.

The Association for the Development of Hop Agronomy is comprised of hop growers in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho who are dedicated to reinventing hop-growing practices with a goal of developing varieties and management practices that are durable, broadly adapted, and sustainable. ADHA invests in research and development of new hop production techniques and varieties that can be used in both standard and low trellis production, much like fruit trees or grapes currently. Phytelligence will assist the ADHA in their mission to promote true to type high-quality hop varieties by utilizing their virus screening, repository, and rapid propagation capabilities. The Phytelligence MultiPHY™ process also aids the ADHA in achieving their goal of environmental sustainability by reducing the amount of water used in the growth-to-delivery process.

“The ability to provide high-quality disease free planting material to our growers is of utmost importance to us and in line with our mission. We want brewers who purchase these hops to know that they were developed and grown for them with the highest possible standards. Phytelligence has the knowledge and technology we need to further our goal of improving the hop industry in the Pacific Northwest,” said Megan Twomey, brand manager and agronomist for the Association for the Development of Hop Agronomy. “Their repository program is especially appealing because they have the ability to virus screen our plant material and then keep it in a certifiably safe, sterile environment ready for propagation at a moment’s notice. This gives us the ability to make ADHA plant material available to growers quickly while adhering to our product traceability objectives. We’re looking forward to a successful relationship.”

“The ADHA is an extremely progressive organization,” said Phytelligence CEO, Ken Hunt. “They’re looking to make a big impact in the hop industry by changing the way hops are currently grown to better suit the environment and be more effective for growers. Their progressive nature combined with our technical knowledge, repository program, virus screening capabilities and MultiPHY™ process will create tremendous value for hop growers in our industry.”

Key components of the partnership include:

–  Safekeeping of dwarf varieties with the Phytelligence repository program

–  Virus screening of plant material to ensure strong, healthy plants

–  Rapid propagation of chosen dwarf hop vines using the Phytelligence MultiPHY™ process

About the Association for the Development of Hop Agronomy

The Association for the Development of Hop Agronomy is a group dedicated to reinventing growing practices to adapt to the world in which we live. Greater awareness of our constantly changing environment and our impact upon it necessitates more responsible stewardship of our land. We believe the legacy left behind when we are done farming should not be negative. The ADHA is dedicated to making a difference. We are working to find solutions to the challenges presented to farmers by the global nature of our world in the 21st century.

About Phytelligence

Phytelligence (http://www.phytelligence.com) is an agricultural biotechnology company that is revolutionizing food crops. Utilizing its proprietary growing techniques to provide superior quality crops, Phytelligence enables higher grower profit by increasing speed to harvest while reducing input costs. Phytelligence provides additional value to food crop growers and plant breeders through the application of advanced genetics enabling delivery of accurate plants, disease screening, plant repository services, securing of intellectual property, and the ability to co-develop new varieties of food crops. In addition, Phytelligence has a growing pipeline of biological and compound solutions aimed at improving returns throughout the food crop value chain.

Phytelligence was founded in 2012 by Dr. Amit Dhingra, Associate Professor of Horticulture Genomics and Biotechnology Research laboratory at Washington State University.    Phytelligence is headquartered in Seattle with locations in Pullman, Washington and Portland, Oregon.  In 2016, Phytelligence expanded their footprint to include an 8-acre Seattle-based greenhouse space and a Portland-based tissue culture production facility. Currently, Phytelligence has 67 employees and continues to grow.

Phytelligence Partners with Cornell to Grow Geneva Rootstocks

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Phytelligence has announced a collaboration with Cornell University to test, store and grow new and existing commercial Geneva rootstock varieties for future production. The agreement allows Phytelligence to increase the speed to market of newly developed apple rootstock, while also enabling large-scale, rapid production of enough quality rootstock to fulfill the needs of all apple growers.     

For more than 125 years, Cornell has developed cutting-edge technologies essential to accelerating the growth of the agricultural industry. From developing safe and nutritious foods to pioneering means to preserve the environment, Cornell serves agricultural producers, food businesses and farm families throughout the industry. Among the most recognized of their agricultural contributions is the creation of the many Geneva apple rootstock varieties, widely regarded as the leading rootstock varieties in the apple industry.

Phytelligence MultiPHY™ Technology Set To Rapidly Expand EverCrisp™ Availability For Growers

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SEATTLE – May 9, 2017 – PRLog — Phytelligence (http://www.phytelligence.com), an agricultural biotechnology company revolutionizing the way food crops are grown, today announced their partnership with the Midwest Apple Improvement Association (MAIA) – the entity responsible for managing and marketing the MAIA 1 variety, which produces a unique apple branded the EverCrisp™. The partnership allows Phytelligence to propagate and sell MAIA 1 trees, quickly increasing the amount of the highly desired EverCrisp™ apple in the market and getting more plant material into the hands of awaiting growers. With Phytelligence’s proprietary MultiPHY™ technology, the company can quickly replenish the depleted MAIA 1 supply with virus clean, true-to-type plants ready for delivery in Spring of 2019.

By partnering with Phytelligence, the Midwest Apple Improvement Association is able to quickly fill grower demand by utilizing the 10-40x multiplication rates made possible with the Phytelligence MultiPHY™ technology. The MultiPHY™ process gives growers, universities, grower associations and breeders the ability to rapidly gain access to the latest varieties, solving the variety shortage while also enabling them to generate a greater profit by quickly filling all grower requests while the demand is high.

“We are thrilled that Phytelligence is helping meet unmet demand for the MAIA 1 trees,” said Bill Dodd, President of the Midwest Apple Improvement Association. “With the technology available today, growers should receive the immediate benefit of new varieties. There is no reason for new varieties to be rationed due to legacy growing processes. To help growers remain competitive with the latest varieties we need to utilize every technical advantage to bring new and improved apples to consumers. Phytelligence is at the forefront of the latest agricultural technology and we’re proud to partner with them.”

“We’re at the very beginning stages of seeing widespread, rapid propagation of licensed and club varieties with our MultiPHY™ technology,” said Phytelligence CEO, Ken Hunt. “We’re solving a very real need to quickly supply growers with these high-demand varieties and only Phytelligence can produce the high volumes needed to meet the increasing demand. With Phytelligence, there are no more industry “mix-ups” and our mortality rate is the lowest in the market. Our growers get vigorous, true-to-type plants with full root systems that grow aggressively when planted.”

Most desirable EverCrisp™ apple characteristics include:
–       Sweet flavor
–       Texture and mouth feel similar to Honeycrisp
–       Resembled Fuji in shape and coloring
–       Better storability
–       Greater apple density

The trademarked MAIA 1 variety is praised for its hardiness when grown in a diverse group of locations across the United State and in Europe, and the resulting apple has drawn Honeycrisp taste comparisons with its robust flavor profile. The variety is a cross between the Fuji and the Honeycrisp; melding the sweet, crisp texture of the Honeycrisp with the storability and outward appearance of a Fuji.

Growers interested in sourcing MAIA 1 trees from Phytelligence should contact Paul Nelson at (509) 860-2400 or paulnelson@phytelligence.com.