Advanta Seeds a UPL Group Company and Texas A&M AgriLife Research have forged a partnership for seed technology research and development.
The establishment of a new Advanta Seeds biotech research station will enhance the areas of mutual benefit between these two organizations. These include the breeding of sorghum, tropical and subtropical corn, tomatoes and hot peppers, as well as applying molecular markers to plant breeding in sunflower, canola, wheat and rice among other crops. The research station aims to support all global research programs of Advanta Seeds.
“This research is important to provide farmers with new products and novel traits and higher yielding hybrids stable across the seasons,” stated Dr. Alberto Leon, Global R&D Director of Advanta Seeds. “This is a new investment that demonstrates the serious commitment by Advanta Seeds and UPL Group to innovation, and most importantly commitment to farmers and sustainable food production in the face of global food supply challenges.”
Texas A&M was selected to house the biotech research station because they are a proven leader in plant breeding as well as sharing a business-friendly environment with their local and state governments.
“This effort will accelerate and expand our rich history of seed breeding and development to further enhance the profitability and sustainability of growers,” says Ben Adams, Business Director-North America, Advanta Seeds. “We expect new technologies and traits to improve tolerances to drought, pests, insecticides and herbicides as well as increase yields.”
Advanta Seeds is an international leader in the research, development, production, and the sale of high-performance seeds and agricultural solutions.
“We are excited about this agreement with Advanta Seeds because of their outstanding reputation in seed development,” comments Craig Nessler, Director of Texas A&M AgriLife Research. “This will also allow our scientists and students to participate in cutting-edge research with a world-class company.”