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Applied DNA Sciences Expands SigNature T Cotton Tagging to US Gins

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Applied DNA Sciences is bringing its SigNature T Cotton Tagging technology to more gins.

The authentication technologies provider is launching its fully-automated DNA Transfer Systems in Arkansas, California and Texas cotton gins. Equipped with real-time monitoring and data capture, the new systems ensure consistent DNA tagging of cotton fibers during the ginning process.

“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 Applied DNA Sciences’ product development director, Brian Viscount. “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 were developed to manage higher volumes of SigNature T tagging, including the increase of 50 million pounds of HomeGrown Lonestar and 10 million pounds of HomeGrown Acala upland cottons. Released in time for the October harvest, gins trained and certified in SigNature T will now be able to efficiently trace their cotton fibers in the early stages of cotton production. With SigNature T, gins can now promote transparency in today’s complex textile supply chain.

“We offer an end-to-end platform that enables users to stay one step ahead,” Applied DNA CEO and president Dr. James Hayward said. “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.”

Traceability and tracking also continues after cotton ginning, with fiber and yarn genotyping, SigNature DNA tagging and authentication management through the DigitalDNA textiles portal. Applied DNA’s data-driven approach for ensuring label compliance will continue to reduce the use of paper documentation, which is not entirely sufficient to prove fibers’ origins. With Applied DNA’s advanced tagging and DNA Transfer Systems, industry members will know that their final products came from the same cotton found at the start of the textile supply chain.

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