Dr. Yinong Yang Visits Simplot Company and Presents an Invited Seminar
Posted: December 12, 2014
Dr. Yinong Yang visited the J. R. Simplot Company in Boise, Idaho, Nov. 11-13, 2014, and presented an invited seminar titled "Genome Editing Technology to Breed Non-Transgenic, Genetically Improved Crops." Dr. Yang met with the Director of Plant Science Division as well as managers and research scientists from Molecular Biology, Transformation, Biochemistry, Pathology, and Agronomy groups and discussed new technologies and challenges involved in breeding transgene-free potato with improved agronomic traits. He also toured Simplot Plant Sciences laboratories, greenhouses, and potato processing facilities.
The J. R. Simplot Company is one of the largest privately held food and agribusiness companies in the nation. Recently, the Simplot Plant Sciences team developed the Innate™ potatoes which are resistant to bruising and contain lower levels of asparagine and sugars. Reduction of sugar and asparagine increases storage time and decreases the levels of acrylamide, a potential carcinogen formed from asparagine and sugar at high temperatures during frying and cooking. The Innate™ potatoes were genetically modified via RNA interference technology and approved for commercial planting by USDA on Nov. 7, 2014.