By GREGORY ZELLER

Applied DNA Sciences, the Stony Brook biotech, has spent 2017 aggressively introducing its DNA-based supply chain, anti-counterfeiting and anti-theft technologies to new industries and markets – and now adds fertilizer, a critical commodity for global farmers, to its growing list.

Less than a month after applying its CertainT authentication platform to plastics – specifically, thermoplastic polymer resin – through a multi-year licensing deal with Indian global textile manufacturer GHCL Ltd., Applied DNA has announced the introduction of its molecular-tagging tech to the fertilizer industry, through a partnership with Belgian manufacturer Rosier S.A.