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Despite the decline in the wider market and the recent price reversal in the layer-1 proof-of-work (PoW) network protocol, Kadena (KDA) has been recognized for its forward-looking approach to development.

Data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro and TradingView shows that the price of KDA spiked 40% from a low of $5.94 in the early hours on March 11 to a high of $8.28 as its 24-hour trading volume surged 784% to $325 million.

KDA/USD 4-hour chart. Source: TradingView

Three reasons for the recent price growth for KDA include a new listing on Binance, the launch of the first decentralized exchange (DEX) on the Kadena network and upcoming roadmap plans which include the launch of an NFT standard and wrapped native tokens.

Kadena Listing on Binance

The biggest driver of KDA was the March 11 listing on Binance.

Following the announcement, the 24-hour trading volume spiked from an average of $38 million to $325 million during trading on Friday. KuCoin exchange also saw high trading volume, with $117.4 million worth in trader occurring before the listing went live at Binance.

Kaddex on the Kadena network

A second development helping to boost the price of KDA was the launch of new protocols on the Kadena network including Kaddex, the first decentralized exchange in the project’s ecosystem which offers gas-free trading.

Kaddex also announced an integration with Simplex that will bring a fiat onramp into the growing decentralized finance (DeFi) ecosystem.

Some of the other protocols that have recently launched and integrated with Kadena include Hypercent Launchpad, a platform that facilitates the launch of verified projects on Kadena, and the crypto liquidity provider ZoidPay.

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Roadmap Goals

A third factor helping to attract attention to Kadena is the project’s upcoming roadmap goals which include the launch of a native NFT standard called Marmalade.

Other notable developments that are planned on the Kadena roadmap include the launch of wrapped native tokens like kBTC, kETH and kUSD, a push for additional United States and global exchange listings, the development of a lending platform infrastructure and the launch of a sustainable mining initiative.

Developers behind the project have also announced plans to launch testnets for a Kadena Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM) bridge as well as a Kadena to Cosmos bridge that will facilitate interoperability with other popular blockchain ecosystems.