GeoTyping DNA tagging traces global cotton substitution  

February 9th, 2018 / By: / EcoNote

The GeoTyping Beta Program uses a known library of biomarkers that designate the DNA fingerprint of the cotton cultivar, including genus, species and one of 70 different geographic-cultivar-dependent genotypes.Applied DNA Sciences has announced its GeoTyping Beta Program. Cotton samples may be submitted during the month of February by brands and retailers interested in identifying country of origin in cases of cotton fiber substitution. The company is asking those interested to provide cotton samples suspected to contain cotton from Uzbekistan (“Uzbek cotton”).

GeoTyping is meant to complement, not replace, the company’s end-to-end SigNature T cotton traceability system. SigNature T tagging provides a method to trace any fiber tested in a dedicated supply chain back to the intended original source; it can also identify year and gin.  Should noncompliance be suspected in SigNature T-participating textiles, GeoTyping can identify the source of cotton fiber substitution.

The technologies used in the programs aim to preserve the integrity and purity of the cotton fiber at its precise point of origin—the date, time, place, and the social and environmental practices used to produce the cotton.

Applied DNA Sciences is a provider of molecular technologies that enable supply chain security, anti-counterfeiting and anti-theft technology, product genotyping and DNA mass production for diagnostics and therapeutics.