Want to learn more about CRISPR-Cas applications in agriculture? DuPont Pioneer launched a website – CRISPRCas.pioneer.com – that demonstrates how this advanced plant breeding technology is a more efficient way to improve plants and help farmers produce more and better food, with fewer resources. It highlights the business’ principles, research, and collaboration efforts in this area.
“Acknowledged as a breakthrough in biology, the public conversation about CRISPR-Cas technology across human, animal and plant applications is growing,” said Neal Gutterson, vice president, Research & Development, DuPont Pioneer. “At DuPont Pioneer, we want to be an active participant in this important dialogue and make information about our crop research and product development activities with CRISPR-Cas easily accessible.”
Available resources on the website include a video, webinar replay, answers to frequently asked questions, news releases, science manuscripts and a glossary of scientific terms related to CRISPR-Cas. Content will be added and refreshed on a regular basis.
Based on a natural system, CRISPR-Cas can precisely improve a plant without incorporating DNA from another species. It’s a continuation of what people have been doing since plants were first domesticated – selecting plants for their desired characteristics like higher yields, disease resistance, longer shelf life or better nutrition. CRIPSR-Cas is one tool that could help keep pace with the growing demand for more sustainable agricultural solutions.
Pioneer has a CRISPR-Cas advanced plant breeding platform to develop seed products for greater environmental resiliency, productivity and sustainability. Pioneer announced earlier this year its intentions to commercialize waxy corn hybrids as its first product developed with CRISPR-Cas, pending completion of field trials and applicable regulatory reviews. The technology has applicability for all Pioneer crops of interest, including corn, soybeans, canola, wheat and rice.