Applied DNA Sciences Inc., a provider of DNA-based supply chain, anticounterfeiting, genotyping and antitheft and authentication technologies, said Tuesday it has shipped an order for its Signature T DNA to mark 10 million pounds of Acala cotton in the third quarter.

Acala is a type of Upland cotton that produces the longest staple among the species, making it one of the highest-quality cottons in the world.

In addition, building upon recent business successes, Applied DNA received orders for two new DNA transfer units that will support gin expansion into new regions and cotton varieties that will be delivered in its fiscal fourth quarter. These new gin installations will process Texas and Acala Upland cotton varieties. The initial four gins continuing tagging from the prior season will sustain the Signature DNA process with Pima and Upland Delta cottons. The company said additional DNA Transfer Units are under discussion with its customers at a time when global demand for sustainably grown, ethically sourced U.S. cotton is strengthening.

“Authenticating Acala cotton with the Signature T solution adds to our business momentum,” said James Hayward, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Applied DNA, based in Stony Brook, N.Y. “This development comes at a very important time in the industry. Retailers, product developers and consumers are asking for more authenticity, especially with the sophistication of forensically-proven sourcing. In addition, with the recent decline of 50 percent in Egyptian production and the controversies surrounding its quality, Acala cotton is an excellent candidate to replenish the supply.”

At this time, more than 260 companies have signed The Cotton Pledge Against Forced Labor in the Cotton Sector and the U.S. Department of State is increasing its demands on manufacturers to prove that sourcing of cotton is ethically produced without forced or slave labor. The Signature T solution used for PimaCott and HomeGrown offers a means for transparency, traceability and trust for consumers, brands and retailers.

Applied DNA Sciences’ patented DNA-based solutions can be used to identify, tag, track and trace products, to help assure authenticity, traceability and quality of products. Signature DNA describes the platform ingredient that is at the heart of a group of security and authentication solutions that also includes Fiber Typing, targeted toward textiles and apparel; DNA Net, for antitheft and loss prevention, and Digital DNA for track and trace. All provide a forensic chain of evidence, and can be used to prosecute perpetrators.