Hamilton County-based Beck’s Hybrids has announced a new partnership with an Israeli genetics company. The partnership with Kaiima Bio-Agritech Ltd. involves evaluating integration of genomic changes the companies say will result in higher-yielding corn hybrids.
The collaboration expands on three years of testing the efficacy of Kaiima’s technology platform in Beck’s elite corn germplasm. The EP technology uses the plant’s own DNA to introduce novel diversity within the genome of plants.
Beck’s Research Manager Curtis Wiltse says "the creation of new genetic diversity within corn is important to everyone throughout the value chain. We’re excited to continue evaluating Kaiima’s EP technology within our proprietary corn breeding program, giving our corn breeders the opportunity to find higher-yielding genetics faster."
Kaiima’s researchers based in St. Louis will work with Beck’s breeding team on the project.