Arcadia Biosciences has secured a $3.6 million grant from the United States Agency for International Development to promote rice and wheat cultivation in India for the next three years. The Davis, Calif.-based company has developed strains of the two crops that take up nitrogen and water more efficiently, and are tolerant to limited salt content. It will partner with Indian agriculture firm Maharashtra Hybrid in the effort.
Arcadia previously raised $55 million from venture backers and through its acquisition of Seattle crop research company Anawah. The last round, amounting to $15 million, came in October. Past contributors include Exeter Life Sciences, BASF Venture Capital America, CMEA Ventures and Saints Capital.