CRISPR-CAS9 Used To Modify Seed Morphology Traits In Wheat

Genome editing using the CRISPR-Cas9 system has the potential to speed up the improvement of wheat varieties by elucidating the molecular basis of agronomic traits and enabling the modification...

Spinach Vying to be King of the Leafy Greens

New genomic information may lead to improvements for a traditional health food. At trendy salad bars, spinach vies with kale as king of the leafy greens. Long regarded as a...
FiberMax

The World is a Boll of Cotton

With expected increases in global cotton production, prices aren’t likely to increase. Nonetheless, seed companies invest in varieties with improved water-use efficiency, enhanced disease resistance and increased flexibility for...
neonicotinoids

Syngenta Lawsuit Raises Long-term Questions

More could be on the line for seed companies that release new traits. At the moment, biotechnology company Syngenta and more than 300,000 plaintiffs are focused on whether or not...

Navigating a Tight Ag Economy

With low commodity prices, farmers are looking to reign in input costs to hit break-even points and companies are slashing seed prices, but experts say that might not be...

Breeding a Better Peanut

Breeding new varieties of this popular snack to please the industry is no easy feat. Peanut butter. Peanut oil. Dry roasted. Honey roasted. This list barely scratches the surface of all...

Seller’s Market

Demand is at an all-time high for both more aesthetically pleasing and drought-resistance products and services. The turf and grass seed industry remains extremely competitive and continues to grow rapidly...

Back from the Brink

From a handful of seeds, a classic American wheat is making a comeback. You’ve followed precisely the listed ingredients and the directions written generations ago in loopy cursive letters on...

Feeding the World by Rewiring the “Mouths” of Plants

Plants have tiny pores on their leaves called stomata — Greek for mouths — through which they take in carbon dioxide from the air and from which water evaporates....

Dow Launches PowerCore Trait Technology

Today, Dow AgroSciences launched its PowerCore trait technology that protects corn plants from above-ground insects.  Initially the trait will be offered in hybrids from five seed brands: Mycogen Seeds,...

Climate Change Threatening Maize Yields

Knowing when and how climate change will impact crop production is essential for devising adaptation solutions. Recent advances in methods to measure the potential response of crops to the...

Seed World Podcast Episode 7: Breeding GMO-Resistant Corn

Tennessee researchers have developed six corn hybrids that may potentially lessen the risk of GMO contamination. According to Dennis West, a professor with the Department of Plant Sciences at the University...

Researchers Get a Peek into how Plants Get their Traits

A new technique developed by Salk Institute scientists for rapidly mapping regions of DNA targeted by regulatory proteins could give scientists insight into what makes some plants drought tolerant...

Podcast: Stem Cell Discovery Could Lead to Even Higher Yields

http://media.blubrry.com/strategysession/p/content.blubrry.com/strategysession/Dave_Jackson_Understanding_the_Architecture_of_Maize.mp3 Biologists at New York's Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) have made an important discovery that helps explain how plants regulate the proliferation of their stem cells. The discovery has...

A World Without GMOs

Imagining a world without genetically modified organisms isn’t hard to do, but researchers say the prospect is detrimental to both farmers and consumers. U.S. researchers have a mathematical model at...

In Launching the Traits of Tomorrow Comes Responsibility

Companies understand the risks and responsibilities that come with delivering new products to the marketplace. Megan Townsend Develop something new — unlike anything farmers use today. Make sure it delivers value and...

Living in a Post-Patent World

Seed World examines the future viability of generic seed in a post-patent world. Just this past March, the first major biotech trait came off patent, and the possibility of so-called...
Trait Stewardship a Shared Responsibility

Trait Stewardship a Shared Responsibility

Should China dictate what new technologies U.S. farmers have access to? Some of the trading issues between the United States and China have brought trait stewardship front and center in...
Changing the LLP Landscape

Changing the LLP Landscape

National seed associations around the globe now have a new tool that can be used to work with governments on implementing low-level presence policies. The seed industry is increasingly global,...
Future development of plant species relies on access to foreign material.

A Push to Ratify

The U.S. seed industry diligently works to educate congress about the importance of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture with the hopes of ratification. No...