DuPont said it is commercializing soybean varieties developed using a technology that increases yields by as much as 12%. Its seed business Pioneer Hi-Bred is introducing five varieties with the technology for 2008 planting, pending wide-area product advancement trial results.
This announcement launches one of the company’s three soybean yield traits
from its pipeline to commercial status. It will be commercially known as
Accelerated Yield Technology™ (AYT).
AYT uses proprietary molecular
breeding techniques to rapidly scan and identify genes that increase yield and
then incorporate them into elite soybean genetics.
AYT is not transgenic
so soybeans developed from this process are not subject to additional regulatory
“AYT allows us to take a giant step forward on our promise to
deliver industry-leading improvements in soybeans.
“Our customers are
seeing dramatic increases in Pioneer soybean variety yields that have never been
seen in such a short period of time,” said William Niebur, vice president DuPont
Crop Genetics Research and Development.
The first AYT varieties are
higher yielding versions of the newest Pioneer elite soybean genetics. Pending
final trial results this fall, Pioneer hopes to introduce an AYT version of
Pioneer brand 94M80, which set the world record soybean yield of 139 bushels per
acre (7413 kg/ha) in 2006.
New unique genetics are also being developed
using AYT and other molecular breeding techniques.
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