Plants can be categorized generally into two different groups based on their system of photosynthesis. C3 photosynthesis, the simplest type of plant photosynthetic system, exists in most agricultural crops used for human consumption. It includes canola, soybean, rice, wheat and potato.
Yield10 Bioscience, Inc., based in Massachusetts, is leveraging that knowledge to further evaluate three novel yield traits in potatoes. The company has signed a three-year, non-exclusive research agreement with Boise, Idaho-based J. R. Simplot Company. Simplot was granted an option to negotiate an exclusive commercial license agreement.
In studies performed by Yield10 in greenhouse or field tests, traits known as C3003, C3004 and C4001 have shown good agronomic performance, increased photosynthesis, increased seed yield, and/or increased biomass production. In 2019, Yield10 was granted a U.S. patent on C3003.
“Working with major agriculture companies to test new traits identified using our GRAIN platform in crops of commercial significance is fundamental to our strategy of building paths to market for our traits,” said Dr. Oliver Peoples, president and Chief Executive Officer of Yield10 Bioscience. “While we are focusing our internal resources primarily on developing performance traits in canola and Camelina, we have successfully secured research agreements to evaluate traits with industry leaders in other crops, and we are very pleased to add Simplot, a world leader in potato development.”
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Source: Yield10 Bioscience October 23, 2019 news release