Cibus is a growth stage company that is currently in the commercialization phase or late-stage development in four important crops: Canola, Flax, Rice and Potato. Each product has been developed using Cibus’ advanced non-transgenic breeding technology: the Rapid Trait Development System (RTDS). Each crop offering features an important non-transgenic trait. Based on these foundational traits, Cibus expects to stack these crops with multiple non-transgenic traits depending on the crop and farmer or consumer needs. Examples of these stacked extension traits would be: different ways to increase yield, disease tolerance, healthier oils, and stress tolerances like drought and salt. Cibus has developed RTDS platforms in multiple crops. Over the next 10 years Cibus plans to develop non-transgenic traits in every major crop.
Cibus’ new SU Canola is a non-transgenic (non-GMO) sulfonylurea (SU) herbicide tolerant canola that is now available in the United States and Canada, and expected to be launched in other major global markets in coming years.
Need: Farmers are seeking new alternative herbicide modes of actions to effectively control weeds, in general, but importantly for rotation crops. In addition, there is a growing market for non-transgenic canola oil.
SU Canola offers farmers:
- Exceptional broadleaf weed control, excellent crop safety, in an economical and easy-to-use package.
- An alternative for weed control in canola that provides sound stewardship options to help manage glyphosate resistant weeds.
- An optimal fit for rotation with glyphosate tolerant soybeans reducing weed pressure caused by volunteer glyphosate tolerant canola in soybean fields.
- Non-transgenic (non-GMO) premiums offered on the grain.
- Many participants in the canola industry, including processors, farmers, and end use food consumers, will benefit from SU Canola as the oil and meal derived from this canola will address the demand for non-transgenic food ingredients.
- In North America the current canola acreage is 22 million, with the potential to grow to over 26 million by 2020. The global canola area is forecast to expand toward 100 million acres and demand for non-transgenic oil is growing rapidly.
Cibus’ new Flax will be the first non-transgenic (non-GMO) glyphosate tolerant crop. It is expected to be launched in the United States in 2019 and in Canada a year later.
Need: The Canadian Flax market is in need of an effective weed control package. It is for this reason that the Flax Council of Canada with the support of the Government of Canada has partially funded the development of this crop.
- Cibus’ new glyphosate tolerant flax product will offer improved yields for flax farmers and promises healthier flax-based oils for consumers.
- Cibus’ Flax product provides a gateway-enabling development platform that can be used for additional non-transgenic trait development in Flax.
Cibus’ new Rice crop is expected to offer two unique and differentiated non-transgenic herbicide-tolerance traits. These products are expected to be launched first in the United States and to follow soon thereafter in the major global rice markets.
Need: Farmers in the rice market globally and the North America market specifically, need more effective and efficient weed control options. Unlike other leading crops such as soybean and corn, rice does not have a dominant GMO weed control system. Rice is a huge opportunity as it is one of the major global crops.
- Cibus has established an RTDS platform for developing future high value non-transgenic traits in rice in a number of areas.
- Half of the global population subsists wholly or partially on rice. Improving production in rice is essential for global food security.
- Rice is one of the world’s most important crops with a multi-billion dollar market.
Cibus’ new Potato crop is expected to offer a potato resistant to Phytophthora (late blight - the disease responsible for the Great Famine in Ireland). It will be launched first in the United States toward the end of this decade, and follow thereafter in the major global potato markets. Cibus has a revolutionary approach to help combat crop disease. This novel and proprietary approach has the potential to reduce fungicide use and help protect against a variety of plant diseases in most major crops.
Need: Over $15 billion is spent each year by farmers seeking to protect crops from the damage caused by fungal diseases.
- Cibus has developed a non-transgenic RTDS platform for potato for future high value non-transgenic traits in a number of areas. Its first trait development will be in disease tolerance. They are expected to come to market in the United States towards the end of the decade and follow thereafter in major potato markets worldwide.
- Since market rejection of GMO potatoes, the potato industry has been deprived of new traits that have been developed in other crops using transgenic methods. Cibus’ RTDS technology offers a non-transgenic option to develop traits in potatoes.
- Potatoes are one of the most widely grown specialty crops in the United States, with 1.1 million acres grown annually, produced on farms stretching across all 50 states.