BetterSeeds is led by seed industry professionals who have amassed significant practical experience in the implementation of gene editing technology.
Based in central Israel, BetterSeeds has state of the art molecular biology and tissue culture labs, together with controlled growth chambers and greenhouses, which enable it to efficiently develop and test its genetic platform.
BetterSeeds makes use of genome editing technology (CRISPR-Cas9) in order to produce new varieties, incorporating game changing traits which are not today available across all crops (Xcrops) due to the limitations of conventional breeding. Genome editing technology make precise and rapid breeding possible by introducing specific, controlled and preselected changes in the plant genome.
BetterSeeds' use of advanced breeding technologies facilitates a higher success rate in the development of new and improved varieties within a relatively short period, thus requiring the investment of fewer resources per marketable variety.
BetterSeeds' genetic trait platform and technology generate superior agricultural output in a diversity of crops and provides them with: higher yields, better protein and metabolite content, adaptation to heat, drought and salinity (desert farming) and adjustment to mechanization of harvesting.
While BetterSeeds is developing improved varieties of major commercial crops, it is also focusing on minor crops, which have not received adequate attention from traditional breeders. Work is currently under way on vegetable crops (solanaceae and cucurbits), oil crops (sunflower and sesame), and legumes.
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