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Small-Scale Transformation

Duration: 12-24 Months
Genes in Testing Thousands

Now that we've found a trait that satisfies our farmers' needs, we begin exploring the genetic makeup of the biological source responsible for expressing the trait. Next, we transfer that gene into seed embryos.

Genetic Sequencing 

Genetic Sequencing

We use a Pacific Biosciences machine to rapidly identify the gene on the DNA sequence.

This machine allows us to sequence 150,000 genes in as little as 30 to 180 minutes. Sequencing of this scale would take many years without such advanced capabilities. This gives ability to pinpoint the exact gene we want and allows us to develop better products faster.

Trait Insertion 

Trait Insertion

Once the gene is identified, we transfer it into the genome of the seed embryos using a soil bacterium known as Agrobacterium tumefaciens.

The gene will be placed with many different markers on each candidate's DNA strand to identify the location that best expresses the desired trait.

Additionally, we will ensure that the placement doesn't interfere with any other desired traits that already exist within the plant. Precautionary measures like this allow for native traits to perform as expected. For example, DroughtGard® Hybrids will not experience yield drag during well-watered conditions, as the seeds' native traits have not been affected.

To transfer the gene, the Agrobacterium tumefaciens DNA inserts itself, along with the new trait DNA, into the seed embryo's DNA.​​​​

Growth Hormones

Now that we've transferred the gene into the seed embryo, we begin replicating the cells.

Just one cell from each seed containing the new gene is enough to make more cells.

Naturally occurring plant growth hormones induce each cell mass to grow leaves and roots, essentially creating new, transgenic plants. Each cell of these plants contains the new gene.

Growth Hormones

Pipeline Products

Yield and Stress

  • Corn Yield & Stress III
    This third generation corn Yield and Stress trait will use multiple genes to protect the corn plant from stress, helping farmers grow more corn on their land.
  • Next-Generation Higher-Yielding Corn
    This second generation higher-yielding corn is designed to use one or more genes to improve characteristics associated with yield potential, which has the potential to help farmers have improved harvests.
  • Biotech Disease Control
    This project is designed to provide broad-spectrum disease control in an effort to protect farmers' yields.

Yield and Stress

  • Next-Generation Higher-Yielding Soybeans
    This higher-yielding soybean project would use one or more genes to improve characteristics associated with yield potential and has the potential to help farmers have improved harvests.
  • Soybean Cyst Nematode Resistance
    When combined with Roundup Ready 2 Yield® , this trait would provide farmers with improved control of the soybean cyst nematode while protecting the yield potential on the farm.

Weed Management

  • Fourth Generation Herbicide-Tolerant Cotton
    This product could offer farmers greater flexibility in an effective weed management system.

Insect Management

  • Fourth-Generation Bollgard®
    This cotton product has novel proteins that could guard crops against key cotton pests.

Yield and Stress

  • Next-Generation Herbicide-Tolerant Alfalfa
    In collaboration with Forage Genetics International, this herbicide tolerant alfalfa is designed to provide farmers with an additional tool for flexible, effective broad spectrum weed control.
  • Yield and Stress Wheat
    This product would be stacked with herbicide-tolerance traits to offer multiple modes of weed control, offering farmers better yield potential under average- stress growing conditions.
  • Higher-Yielding Alfalfa
    This alfalfa could enable farmers to increase yield.

Next Stop - Early Development

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