DuPont: Laser Technology Will Speed Yield Advances

August 25, 2008 07:00 PM

Pro Farmer Editors


DuPont today unveiled a technology they say will transform seed research and "considerably speed up the development of higher yielding corn and soybean varieties." DuPont business Pioneer Hi-Bred introduced Laser-Assisted Seed Selection to farmers attending the Farm Progress Show as the newest tool in its Accelerated Yield Technology (AYT) toolbox. The technology promises to increase the size and scope of the Pioneer breeding program five fold in the next three years, says the company.

Laser-Assisted Seed Selection uses a 120-watt carbon dioxide laser to score a small slice from a seed to capture its genetic information while maintaining the seed's viability for planting. Molecular breeding techniques are used to identify desirable genetic combinations within each individual scored seed slice. Seeds identified to have superior genetics are selected for planting and advancement through the Pioneer research program.

Pioneer has numerous patents pending for the technology and will be using it on millions of corn and soybean seeds by the end of 2009.


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