|Creating a Genetic Library
This non-genetically modified approach begins with the creation of a crop population or library of different individuals each with a unique pattern of randomly created mutations. The library can then be searched, either by looking at the plants for distinct visible characteristics or by using genetic screening tools to identify plants with desirable properties. Plants identified by this method can be also be introduced into TGI's molecular-assisted breeding program to further accelerate trait optimization.
TGI has mutation breeding programs in wheat and rice. Mutation breeding not only gives TGI the ability to screen its genetic libraries for genes known to affect yield, but also allows the flexibility to look for plants exhibiting other desirable traits.