5 gene-edited crops slated to hit the market in the near future

a b b c b aa a XL

Farmers quickly gleaned agronomic benefits from GMO technology. Consumers? Not so much. Gene editing could change that, since it’s keying consumer-friendly products that nix trans fats, boost complex carbohydrates and fiber, and eliminate food allergies.

There are a number of gene-edited crops that are slated to hit the market in the near future. Here are some of them.

  • High-oleic soybeans. Calyxt is devising a high-oleic soybean slated to debut in 2018. These soybeans appeal to consumers because they’re healthier than many other cooking or baking oils, say industry officials. They contain zero trans fats and have an oleic content exceeding 75%. This level is similar to olive oil, a healthy cooking oil. High-oleic soybean oil also has two to three times longer the fry and shelf life that commodity soybean oil has.
  • Waxy corn. DuPont Pioneer plans to release improved waxy corn hybrids in 2019 or 2020. “We are leaders in the waxy corn market,” says Bob Meeley, DuPont Pioneer senior research scientist. “We know its biology, and we can do it broadly and quickly.”
  • Glyphosate-tolerant flax. It is set to debut in several years.
  • Two nontransgenic herbicide-tolerant traits for rice.
  • Disease-resistant potatoes. These resist phytophthora late blight, which caused the Irish potato famine of the 1840s.
Related article:  Montreal plans to ban glyphosate herbicide despite safety assurances from scientists and pesticide regulators

Read full, original post: How gene editing will boost crop yields

Outbreak Daily Digest
Biotech Facts & Fallacies
GLP Podcasts
Infographic: Here’s where GM crops are grown around the world today

Infographic: Here’s where GM crops are grown around the world today

Do you know where biotech crops are grown in the world? This updated ISAAA infographics show where biotech crops were ...
News on human & agricultural genetics and biotechnology delivered to your inbox.
glp menu logo outlined

Newsletter Subscription

* indicates required
Email Lists
Send this to a friend