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XERICO-Mediated Drought Tolerance Technology

Drought Technology


Titre : XERICO-Mediated Drought Tolerance Technology

Organismes NSF : IIP Div Of Industrial Innovation & Partnersh

Durée : December 15, 2016 // June 30, 2018

The broader impact/commercial potential of this Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) project is the development of drought-tolerant crops through biotechnology, which is potentially both economically and environmentally important. Genetic engineering of drought tolerance has been very recalcitrant because of the complexity of plant responses to water stress. The proposed technology offers novel features to overcome the current limitations. Commercial deployment of this technology will improve significantly the profitability of growers and seed companies, and will benefit society by enabling crop production on arid lands. The primary target market is the genetically engineered corn seed industry. A significant market opportunity is present if corn can be modified to express drought tolerance. Corn is the second most plentiful cereal grown for human consumption and animal feeds, and accounts for over 43% of the $47 billion global seed market. The commercial strategy will be to penetrate the market by partnering with the major corn seed companies as well as mid-size seed companies with expertise in breeding, commercial seed production, marketing, and sales.

Partenaire (s) : Brent Crain crainb (Principal Investigator) Jesse Traub (Former Principal Investigator) Kyung-Hwan Han (Co-Principal Investigator)

Sponsor  : KOPESS AgTech LLC

Financement : $224,803.00

National Science Foundation

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