American cotton producers of a certain age can attest to how much of a blessing Bt traits have been on the farm. Bollgard first appeared in 1996, and farmers were suddenly able to control earworm and tobacco budworms without the excessive spraying they had become accustomed to. Years later, a second generation of Bt traits arrived, providing dual gene activity.
Farmers already recognize that many consumers seek out specific food claims—natural, organic, non-GMO and farm-to-retailer marketing, among others. But three new values are expected to cross over into purchases of food, consumer products and more in the months ahead. Read moreRead More »
EP introduces diversity within a plant’s individual genome by identifying desirable traits from seed provided by germplasm partners. Currently the group is focusing on increasing yield, but will add focus on disease and stress tolerances. Read moreRead More »