Ceres Accelerates Sugarcane Trait Development Following Positive Field Results
Our biotech sugarcane traits have been advanced to the next stage of testing ahead of schedule due to positive data from initial field evaluations under tropical conditions in Latin America.
Specifically, our yield traits accelerated growth and increased biomass in elite tropical sugarcane varieties. In addition, plants with one of our drought tolerance traits maintained biomass yields under low water conditions, and in certain cases, maintained yields with as little as half the water normally required during production. Field evaluations represent a critical stage in the development of biotech crop traits, as they provide greater insight into how traits may perform in an agricultural setting. The positive results are especially exciting because the tests were completed in elite commercial varieties that are already known for their high yields and performance.
Faster growth, higher yield and greater resilience to drought and other stress conditions would not only increase output, but also lower production costs for the industry. This could revolutionize the industry.