(Photo: Bioheuris’ COO, Carlos Perez, speaking at the Seeds Association of Americas conference)
Buenos Aires, September 11th. Yesterday, in the second day of the Seeds Association of Americas congress in Buenos Aires city, was the time for the gene-editing and how this technology can assist breeding programs for developing better crops. Carlos Perez, COO of Bioheuris was the responsible to talk about how start-ups are dealing with this new breeding technology.
Placed at Rosario city, in the world largest oilseed crushing pole, Bioheuris started its work three years ago. They are focused in three major crops, soybean, sorghum and alfalfa, in alliance or partnership with seed and chemical companies to develop herbicide resistant crops through gene-editing.
Mr. Perez told to the audience that they are working with four action-modes of herbicides for the soybean crop, two for sorghum and one for alfalfa. Two mode action in soybean are in the gene-editing phase, while the other two are in the mutation selection phase. “We expect that the first products are release in the next two or three years”, Perez explains to eFarmNewsAr.com, who covered the conference.
Perez thinks that gene-editing is a formidable tool to help farmers to control herbicide-resistant weeds, in the post-glyphosate era. “Edited crops for multi-herbicides resistance will reduce the chemical doses and help an integrated weed control strategy”, Perez said from the stage.
“Gene-editing has many advantages, for example to edit multiple genes at the same time and in a single step, and furthermore over elite lines. This is great”, an enthusiastic Perez remarked.
Recently, Bioheuris opened a lab in Saint Louis, where other biotechnology and breeding companies are operating, to accelerate the phases of the edited crops developing.
In dialogue with eFarmNewsAr.com, after the conference, Perez and the CTO of the company, Lucas Lieber, said that one of the action-mode that they are targeting is ALS herbicides. We wanted to know which is the advantage of a gene-edited crop for ALS resistance versus a ALS resistance obtained by traditional methods. “It’s simple. If you give us a bag with 50 seeds of your better cultivar, six months later we return you this 50 seeds edited for herbicide-resistance. We are confident that we will able to provide a valuable service for seed companies with our technology and knowledge”, Lieber added.