AFINGEN presented R&D outcomes at the 6th Plant Genomics & Gene Editing Congress: USA
October 25, 2018
UTILIZING NGS, OMICS & GENE EDITING AS TOOLS FOR PROGRESSING PLANT RESEARCH
Building on the successes of our global Plant Science series of events, Global Engage is pleased to announce the co-located 6th Plant Genomics & Gene Editing Congress USA and 3rd Partnerships in Biocontrol, Biostimulants & Microbiome USA.
Plant research has transformed dramatically over the last few years as a result of revolutionary breakthroughs and cost reductions in sequencing technology. Successful sequencing of many plants, along with the improvement of biological data sets, have given plant scientists the tools and knowledge to make exciting developments to benefit agriculture. Novel gene-editing technologies like CRISPR will take this research even further. This conference will examine the latest NGS, ‘omic’ and gene editing technologies being used for progressing plant-based research, as well as other gene-focused aspects of plant science.
- Afingen, Inc.
Fast-growing High Yield Crops via a Novel Biotechnology Platform
Afingen, a start-up from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, has been developing synthetic biology methods to improve crop yield and agricultural traits. From a suite of synthetic biology methods, Afingen’s Positive Feedback Loop platform offers a robust path to improve commercially competitive crops with minimal cis-genetic manipulation and improved genetic stability compared to conventional bioengineering. By the selective amplification and/or reduction of target genes with unprecedented specificity and improved tolerance engineered crops (e.g. rice, corn, wheat, soybeans, canola, alfalfa, and sorghum) may offer higher yields of biomass, more cellulose, and less lignin with healthy and robust plant growth. The increased quantity of higher-quality feedstocks will provide more available nutrient substrates for better animal and human health.