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 Biotechnology

Origin is the leader in large-scale transformation, molecular marker research, and their applications in crop seed improvements in China.

 

We aim to become one of the best research centers for agricultural biotechnology in China and globally.

 

Latest Updates on Corn Seed Biotechnology

 

GMO Corn Seed - Origin’s genetically modified phytase corn was the first GM corn seed which passed five phases of the GM approval process and received notification of Bio-Safety Certificate. Origin has further incorporated phytase traits into two of its best-selling commercial corn hybrids. Commercialization of these two corn hybrids is pending approval from the Chinese government.

 

In addition to GM phytase corn, the Company has been conducting research on other GM traits including herbicide tolerance, insect resistance, nitrogen efficiency, and drought stress tolerance traits in crop seeds. 

 

Transformation Research

 

We have established several technology platforms for plant genetic engineering, including gene cloning, vectors construction

system, large-scale genetic transformation of maize, and detection of transgenic plants. 

 

We have the ability to construct high expression vectors of certain key traits and then transform them into maize inbreds. Together with molecular identification and field selection, we can obtain high quality transgenic lines.Our goal is to insert traits into hybrids with excellent market potential.

 

We have successfully transformed herbicide resistance, insect resistance and drought stress genes into corn inbred lines.

Marker-Assisted Breeding

Origin is currently working under a co-operating agreement with Chinese Agricultural University, to use Simple Sequence Repeat markers to analyze the heterotic grouping of maize germplasm. Our results established several heterotic groups, which will greatly enhance conventional breeding and raising the efficiency of the breeding process. We are also developing markers for the selection of disease resistance lines to try to accelerate the breeding process. In addition to using DNA Marker for assisted breeding, we also successfully built the fingerprint libraries for both corn and rice, using it for variety protection, and for purity and true identity analysis.