Using non-GMO technologies, Grace Breeding is working on introducing unique traits into the genome of plants in order to create innovative flora varieties that address various high unmet needs. For instance, we are working on low-calorie tomatoes and pepper based on stevia with high lycopene content for better public health and longer shelf life, and on seedless melons without an inside pocket that have longer shelf life and high industrial advantages in the cut-and-peeled market.
Other pipeline projects include higher actives/crop yields for selected Cannabis strains; increased crop yields for cereal; high yield Salvia Sclarea; improved non-irrigated lawns; and seedless tomatoes.
Plant Protection Wide Defense System (WDS)
WDS is a new supportive, environmentally sustainable approach to crop protection. By biologically boosting plants’ immune systems, plants can resist pests, fungi, bacteria, and viruses, reducing the need for chemical pesticides. In addition to WDS technology improving vegetable yields by 10-20% and shelf life by 30%, the technology reduces the potential for pests to develop resistance to chemicals and increases the overall safety of soil and groundwater, creating a much healthier environment.
Grace Breeding is conducting intensive on-site farm testing in Israel on a wide range of applications:
- Citrus – Tristeza virus
- Tomatoes – Leveillula taurica
- Peppers – Leveillula taurica
- Tomatoes – Tbrf-V (greenhouse cultivation in Ami-Oz)
- Chickpeas – protection against pathogens
- Carrot – early cultivation protection against pathogens
- Maize – Fusarium
- Chickpeas – Ascochyta
- Asparagus – Rust
Nitrogen Fixation Technology
Nitrogen Fixation Technology (NFT) is a new, non-disruptive environmentally sustainable fertilization approach meant to be used across a wide range of crops (including maize, wheat, and rice). Grace Breeding is developing a dual-action inoculant tool that combines bio-active ingredients with nitrogen fixation rhizobia bacteria. Together, they can create more fixed nitrogen in plants and, thus, better access to soil and phosphate, providing higher yield potential in cereals. In addition, NFT avoids soil and surface water contamination caused by current fertilization practices.
Grace Breeding’s NFT has been tested in farm-scale maize and wheat in Israel. It is currently being tested by global companies in Europe and India.
NFT Case Study: Wheat/Rice/Barley/Corn