The next wave of biotech crops

Biotech crops have been widespread in the marketplace for nearly twenty years and have had great success – but the best is yet to come! We are better equipped to deal with the numerous agricultural challenges we face due to our advancements in understanding plant genomics. First and foremost among these challenges is a rapidly rising global population. It’s been well-documented that, according to the UN, the global population is projected to rise to ~9 billion by 2040 and the world will need “at least 50 percent more food” by 2030. Feeding a couple billion extra people will be no
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OSF’s Neal Carter presents TEDx talk

Recently, I was given the fantastic opportunity of delivering a presentation on agricultural biotechnology and its benefits at a TEDx event in Penticton, BC. I firmly believe in the value biotechnology can offer the agriculture industry and the global community, so I was excited to be asked to share these views through an amazing outlet like TEDx. I am convinced of the benefits biotechnology provides our global population, including saving lives. I have a unique perspective from working around the world as a bioresource engineer for nearly three decades, in addition to my experience as an orchardist and as the
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Consumer Research: What makes a perfect apple?

Being a company that’s led by an apple grower, we know what it takes to grow great fruit. There are many things to love about apples, but which qualities are the most significant to consumers? We asked 1,000 self-identified apple eaters to rate the importance they place on some of the key apple characteristics to see if they matched the qualities offered by Arctic® apples (spoiler: they do!). What do consumers want from their apples more than anything else? Flavor of course! There are tons of varieties out there, each with their own unique flavor profile. If you’re an avid
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Arctic® Apples: Good for the Packer

Last week, we kicked off what will be a series of blog entries covering how nonbrowning Arctic® apples benefit each link along the supply chain. Our first entry focused on advantages for growers and apple packers will find that many of these same benefits apply to them too. As with the growers, packers will find that nonbrowning apples can reduce cullage and improve packout quality – primarily through decreased visibility of surface damage from bin rub and packing line bruising. Another key benefit for growers and packers is that Arctic® apples will be much better suited to less labor-intensive picking/packing techniques
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Arctic® Apples help show fruits’ true quality

We have heard some people wonder, “since Arctic® apples are nonbrowning, won’t that mean older and lower quality fruit can look better than it really is?” The answer is that not only will Arctic® apples rot just like other apples, they also don’t show superficial damage which makes it much easier to tell when an apple really has gone bad. As discussed before, we have silenced the gene sequence that controls the production of polyphenol oxidase (PPO), which initiates enzymatic browning in apples. Enzymatic browning (a.k.a. primary browning) occurs when an apple’s cells are damaged, such as through cutting, bruising or
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