Genetic Trait Variation By Design.
Genetic variation is naturally abundant in nature. Within large plant populations, a small number of plants contain desirable characteristics based on their unique genetic makeup. Finding those special plants and breeding them with desirable plant varieties can be a challenge and can take decades using traditional techniques.
To help speed this process we use TILLING, a non-transgenic (non-GMO) advanced screening technology developed at the Basic Sciences Division at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in 1999 and further refined by Arcadia researchers. Using TILLING, our plant development team can cut years off the "needle-in-a-haystack" process of identifying desirable genetic variation within plant populations. Once the desirable plants are identified, our team of traditional plant breeders work to breed identified plants with high-performing commercial varieties of a crop to produce a superior plant variety.
Rapidly Enhancing Desirable Plant Characteristics.
To complement our use of TILLING, we’ve licensed CRISPR-Cas9 technology from the Broad Institute of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University. CRISPR-Cas9 is a powerful, non-GM technology that enables researchers to rapidly enhance desirable plant characteristics or eliminate undesirable characteristics. So, once we identify desirable genetic variation using TILLING, we employ CRISPR-Cas9 to precisely “edit” individual genes within a plant’s genome, saving years of product development time.