Monday, April 07, 2008

CropDesign develops ‘traits’ for the global Rice seed market.

Genetically modified rice seedlings. During the first few weeks, cell clusters (so-called calli) develop from the seeds which then grow into seedlings. These are initially grown in climate-controlled growth chambers. Once the plants are big enough, they are transferred to the greenhouse until they are ready to be harvested.

Belgian biotechnology company CropDesign develops ‘traits’ for the global seed market. A trait is a genetic feature that gives a crop an economically useful characteristic, such as higher yield. Traits are determined by a plant’s genes. CropDesign specializes in traits for yield enhancement, higher drought and salt tolerance, and improved take-up of nutrients in crops such as cereals and rice. CropDesign became a subsidiary of BASF Plant Science in 2006.
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