Title : A Universal genetic switch for increasing pant yields, stress tolerance and product shelf life
Agribody Technologies, Inc. (ATI) uses genome editing with a highly validated pair of gene targets conserved across plant species to significantly improve seed and biomass yield and increase resistance to abiotic (drought, low nutrients, crowding) and biotic (pathogen) stress, while delaying post-harvest senescence. The efficacy of this technology was consistently proven in multiple crops in lab, greenhouse and field conditions. Two years of replicated field trial data in alfalfa have shown unprecedented 20-45% yield increase in an elite commercial variety with no loss of quality. Similarly, field trials in banana and greenhouse studies in tomato, lettuce and ornamentals have increased shelf-life by 2- to 3-fold. Currently, several licensing and co-development projects with innovative seed companies are currently underway in multiple crops. Results from these various studies will be discussed.