Think of CRISPR technology as a pair of molecular scissors that allows scientists to make precise changes to the plant genome, the genetic makeup of an organism, such as a deletion to inactivate a specific gene, or an insertion of plant DNA to add a trait or functionality to the plant.
CRISPR technology enables scientists for the first time to tap into the genetic diversity of plants to alter and then leverage gene traits that are already present in the plant kingdom through:
• Deletion to inactivate a specific gene
• An insertion of plant DNA to add a trait or functionality to the plant
To receive nonregulated status, the changes made to plants using CRISPR technology must only use plant DNA, not non-plant DNA.
Unpredictable weather patterns, water shortages, and a global reduction in arable land are all frequent reminders that we need to innovate much further. Using CRISPR technology, we increase crop yield to ultimately help:
• Feed hungry populations in developing nations
• Improve the nutritional profiles of widely consumed oils, fibers, and food ingredients
• Meet the increasing demand for plant-based, sustainably sourced food, and protein
• Produce higher-yielding food, feed, and forage crops with lower chemical inputs
We are leveraging CRISPR genome editing technology to produce better seed, biomass, and oil yield. Our triple-edited Camelina plant lines are based on an oil biosynthesis pathway engineered directly into the plant—all based upon CRISPR genome editing.
As we continue to develop novel yield traits, oil content, and drought-tolerant traits, we rely upon CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing to create positive impacts in plants including Camelina, canola, soybean, and other agriculturally significant crops.