Crop Improvement Platform™
SGB's industry-leading global breeding, plant genomics and agronomy platform is developing high-performing energy crops with significantly improved yields and profitability.
Breeding & Selection
SGB’s intensive breeding and selection program identifies and develops the most productive, regionally adapted material from our extensive array of genetic diversity.
- We’re improving plant performance from outcrosses to combine economically important traits and inbreeding to improve uniformity.
- Our breeders and agronomists are addressing issues related to plagues and diseases through the development of pest and pathogen resistant plants and improvements in molecular agronomy that take into account soil structure and nutritional factors.
- We are exploring the use of plant-growth-promoting micro-organisms to improve nutrient assimilation and combat bacterial and fungal pathogens.
In parallel and in support of the breeding activities, SGB is applying sophisticated genotyping and molecular breeding tools designed to shorten breeding cycles and accelerate the time to marketplace of elite planting material.
- SGB scientists have developed a state of the art, high throughput genotyping pipeline for digital allelic confirmation. This genotyping platform enables rapid and precise DNA barcoding of parental and hybrid lines with digital unique identifiers. These technologies, combined with advanced genomic selection studies and tissue culture serve as the foundation for SGB’s aggressive molecular breeding program.
- SGB’s molecular and genetic technologies have advanced to the point where millions of markers can be analyzed from a large number of plants within a short period of time. Breeding gain can be predicted through a training population which is genotyped and phenotyped in targeted regional environments.
In addition to genetic performance, SGB’s team of agronomists has developed customized local agronomic protocols including irrigation, crop nutritional requirements, management of disease, insects and weeds. SGB is also addressing production practices associated with agronomic factors which are not directly related to the plants themselves, but rather the strategy and set up of the plantation system.