Dynamite comes in small packages—which can be true with new seed technology.
What’s poppin’? Purdue University’s Innovates Office of Technology Commercialization issued an exclusive license for short-statured corn to Ag Alumni Seed. Except it only applies to popcorn.
The specific seed variety, D16, was developed through inbreeding proprietary seeds for a decade. It was done without introducing foreign DNA into the corn to create a GMO variety.
Packing a punch: Researchers found that the stunted variety has advantagesover traditional corn. The stalks are less likely to break and more likely to perform better in severe conditions. They also have a lower risk of contamination.
Soundbite: “Smaller corn can improve sustainability by allowing farmers to grow more plants per hectare, increase yield, and use water and fertilizer more efficiently.” — Jay Hulbert, president and CEO of Ag Alumni Seed
Ag Alumni Seed plans to fast-track new hybrid plant development with the shorter feature.
Where this goes: Hulbert says the company will evaluate the hybrids for the next few years. The new licensing of the hybrids is the next step toward commercialization.
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