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Tour Stop 1 - DISCOVERY

Finding a New Trait

Duration: 24-48 Months
Genes in Testing: Tens of Thousands

We start by identifying the challenges our growers' face in their fields. Then, we look to nature to find solutions to their problems. We search other plants, algae and bacteria for traits that can maximize yields despite pressures from insects, weeds and other stresses.

Here are examples of products we've developed to combat the issues you face:

Insect
Management

Corn rootworm

Challenge:
Corn rootworm can have a devastating effect on yields, especially in continuous corn fields.

Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt)

Solution:
Scientists discovered Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt), a soil bacterium that expresses protein toxins Cry3Bb1 and Cry35, which kill insects like corn rootworm.

Weed
Management

Weeds

Challenge:
Scientists sought techniques for placing new genes in seed embryo DNA more accurately.

CP4 EPSPS

Solution:
Scientists inserted bacteria called CP4 EPSPS, which allows soybean plants to tolerate glyphosate. A new gene insertion process was developed that specifically targeted gene placement, leading to higher yield potential.

Yield And Stress

Drought Conditions

Challenge:
When drought strikes, yields suffer. Lack of water limits a plants ability to produce the proteins that are necessary to develop healthy kernels.

cspB

Solution:
Scientists found a soil bacterium called cspB, which allows stressed corn plants to use water more efficiently in drought conditions.

* Copyright (2001) National Academy of Sciences, U.S.A. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. Interaction of the herbicide glyphosate with its target enzyme 5-enolpyruvylshikimate 3-phosphate synthase in atomic detail, 13 Dec. 2000. Web.

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Next Stop - Proof of Concept

Continue to Tour Stop 2