Crop Biotech Update

Initial Field Tests of Biotech Sugarcane Show Positive Results

April 1, 2015

Agbiotech company Ceres reported that its biotech sugarcane traits have moved to the next stage of testing ahead of schedule because of the positive results from initial field assessments. The initial field trials were conducted in Latin America under tropical conditions. Elite varieties are currently being multiplied for wider-scale field trials scheduled to begin in May and June 2015.

According to Ceres, its yield traits accelerated growth and increased biomass in elite tropical sugarcane varieties. Furthermore, plants with drought tolerance traits maintained biomass yields under low water conditions, and in some cases, maintained yields with as little as 50 percent of the amount of water required during production.

The news release is available at Ceres' website.