Our mission is to be leaders in the development of a sustainable global non-transgenic food supply.
Our breeding technology works without integrating foreign genetic material thus the resulting organisms are non-transgenic (non-GM). The Company has developed and patented advanced breeding technologies that enable precise, stable, predictable changes to be made in plants and other organisms without integrating foreign genetic material. Cibus has launched its first crop, SU Canola™, in North America and expects to develop non-transgenic traits in every major crop.
Our goal is to revolutionize plant breeding by developing globally acceptable non-transgenic traits not just for crops for which transgenic traits are available, but for every major crop. Our new non-transgenic traits range from increasing nutrition, improving disease resistance and the ability to grow in challenging changing environments to allow us to meet the growing requirements for an adequate and sustainable global food supply.
Fertilizers, the minerals that plants need in order to grow, are vital for crops but much of it goes unused or is leached from the soil and washed into our streams, rivers and lakes. By breeding plants that use fertilizers more effectively farmers can grow profitable crops with less fertilizer. Less applied fertilizer means lower costs for farmers and fewer environmental problems with runoff.
According to the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization, 75 percent of all fresh water used by humanity is used to grow crops. The RTDS system could make crops more efficient and able to grow well while using less water. This would maintain yield while conserving water.
The world population is projected to reach 9 billion people by the year 2050 and this means crop yields must increase to satisfy expanding global markets. Yield is a complex trait involving the interplay between several sets of genes, and the RTDS system is a means to achieve a yield that meets future demand. This also benefits farmers. Their bottom line is a direct result of their yield and this promises a future for them in a world that demands they produce more with less.
Any plant is a remarkable biochemical factory making complex products regulated according to their genetics. Traditional breeding has made them better able to meet our needs and, over time, we’ve bred canola from rapeseed so it produces a high quality edible oil, and wheat that produces flour more suitable for bread making.
The RTDS technology promises to help make crop plants even more flexible with an even wider range of products. Cibus is poised to work with a range of important crops by editing certain genes, and getting them to produce new and better products for the food processing industry and ultimately for the consumer.