CRISPR, disease-sensing technologies could yield a ‘cornucopia’ of healthier, tastier foods

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Consumers may soon begin purchasing fun-sized fruits and vegetables, as well as processed foods that incorporate healthier ingredients …. And producers may be able to grow crops that are drought- and flood-tolerant, yield more per acre, and are easier to harvest and transport—and are tastier, more nutritious, and less allergenic, too. These are just a few of the possibilities that are being realized thanks to recent applications of gene editing technology in crop science.

For example, CRISPR tools are accelerating development because they are economical and provide advanced capabilities such as multiplexing. In fact, gene editing is democratizing the development of engineered plants. Not only is the technology being adopted by large, established players …. it is driving the emergence of small companies such as Calyxt and Pairwise Plants. Other emerging industry players, like Ontera, are developing robust tools that enable the elucidation of disease and resistance mechanisms and the fast and precise molecular identification of therapeutic targets.

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Electrical single-molecule sensors can be applied in the field to increase crop yield and improve plant health. Such sensors are available from Ontera …. [and] can be used …. to identify seed traits, single nucleotide polymorphisms, soil pathogens, and more.

Read full, original article: Agrigenomics Yields a Next-Gen Cornucopia

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