Camelina is an ideal new crop choice and is poised to become the gold standard for crop innovation, performance, and sustainability. Based on the availability of advanced technology for improving plants, such as genome editing and synthetic biology, we have the potential to replicate the development of modern canola from rapeseed on an accelerated timeline. Furthermore, we are showing that Camelina has a range of favorable characteristics including a short growing season, requires fewer inputs as compared to other oilseed crops, has cold and drought tolerance, and is naturally resistant to certain diseases and pests.
Yield10 has R&D laboratory facilities in both Massachusetts and Saskatoon - leveraging the life science community of the Boston area as well as the crop science community of the Saskatoon region.
We are building a unique Camelina germplasm collection and have established a Camelina breeding program. Over time, a breeding program can deliver diverse genetic backgrounds to produce Camelina varieties well adapted to target climates and growing conditions.
We have access to commercial-grade greenhouse space in Saskatoon as well as in Massachusetts. Our team utilizes greenhouse studies to test the performance of our new traits deployed in Camelina. Our greenhouse studies can provide proof-of-concept for achieving our objectives in the design of new Camelina plants with desired performance traits. The results we obtain in greenhouse studies also guide our decision-making around the selection of plants to advance into field testing.
We conduct field tests on our Camelina plants to evaluate the in-field performance of our new traits as well as the agronomics of the plants overall. Field testing in multiple locations and for multiple years is required to generate a data set on the expected performance of a plant variety before it is ready to be planted commercially under contract. We utilize field data to select plant lines for seed scale-up and commercial development.
We conduct seed scale-up activities on our most promising Camelina lines to generate seed for planting larger field tests as well as for generating foundation seed and certified seed for commercial production under growers’ contracts.
We produce certified Camelina seed to supply planting seed to farmers under growers’ contracts. We have the capability to produce seed in the United States, Canada and Chile.
Yield10 engages with farmers in the United States and Canada to produce Camelina grain under grower contracts. We work closely with farmers to select acreage, plant, grow and harvest the Camelina grain which produces feedstock oil for the biofuel market. Winter and spring varieties of Camelina are available from Yield10.
Camelina is an ideal new crop choice and is poised to become the gold standard for crop innovation, performance, and sustainability. Based on the availability of advanced technology for improving plants, such as genome editing and synthetic biology, we have the potential to replicate the development of modern canola from rapeseed on an accelerated timeline. Furthermore, we are showing that Camelina has a range of favorable characteristics including a short growing season, requires fewer inputs as compared to other oilseed crops, has cold and drought tolerance, and is naturally resistant to certain diseases and pests that typically attack other brassica oilseed plants.
Modern commercial farming requires the use of herbicides to preserve the productivity of the land by controlling the growth of weeds. Further, herbicide tolerant crops help preserve topsoil as they are compatible with no-till agriculture methods.
Yield10 is developing herbicide tolerant Camelina varieties with tolerance to over-the-top application of broad leaf herbicide as well as to soil residual herbicide commonly used to control weeds in cereal crops. Further, we have shown that Camelina displays natural resistance to certain herbicides used to control grasses. Yield10 is advancing the development of herbicide tolerant spring and winter Camelina varieties to enable best practices for growers including no-till farming which improves soil health.
Yield10 is developing winter Camelina varieties for fall planting. Yield10 has developed a cold hardy variety that has been grown successfully in the Canadian prairies where temperatures can easily reach -30° F in winter and has developed an early maturing winter variety that is adapted to winter growing conditions in the Northwest Plains of the U.S.
Heat and drought in the summer months can decrease crop yield. The Camelina plant appears to have some natural drought tolerance. Yield10 is also working on strategies to overcome the yield losses associated with drought such as developing winter varieties that flower and set seed before the hottest months of summer as well as novel traits designed to help the plants resist drought damage.
The value of a crop is determined by its yield and the consistency of yield under a variety of conditions. Utilizing its GRAIN platform, Yield10 has discovered more than 10 novel gene traits having the potential to increase seed yield, oil content or both. For example, in green house studies, seed yield trait C3004 has been shown to significantly increase plant growth and vigor with increased branching, and increased seed yield, and in some instances, greater individual seed weight.
Yield10 is leveraging advances crop science to develop Camelina as a platform crop to produce feedstock oil for use in transportation biofuels, as a land-based source of omega-3 oils, and a low-cost source of PHA bioplastic.
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