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Crop Improvement

Researchers are using cutting-edge technologies to understand how plants adapt to survive stresses such as drought and nutrient deficiencies. We are working with the agritech industry to develop new crop varieties with beneficial genetic traits.

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Improving seed performance for the establishment of crops
Crop yield and resource use efficiency depends on successful plant establishment and this requires seeds that germinate rapidly, uniformly and robustly across diverse environmental conditions. Reliable seed performance (vigour) is therefore a key agricultural trait. In practice, seed vigour varies and this creates a substantial global problem for seed producers and farmers. Since 1980, researchers in Life Sciences have provided knowledge, patented techniques and genetic backgrounds from their research programmes to enhance the performance of seeds in crop production. Seed production businesses worldwide use and continue to adopt these techniques.