Water availability is one of the principal environmental limitations of crop yield throughout the world. Drought hampers the cultivation of crops on more than 40% of the earth’s land surface. It poses serious threats to global agricultural production and food supplies. In order to minimize yield damage and improve food production efficiency in response to drought, we are deploying constructive strategies to counter this stress.
According to United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), over 10% of the irrigated land in the world has been damaged by salt accumulation. Salinity, by inhibiting growth and crop yield, is a severe and increasing constraint on agricultural productivity. Continued, inappropriate farming practices exacerbate this problem.
Salt and drought tolerance in plants are considered to be quantitative traits involving multiple genes and attempts to improve these properties in plants will require creative approaches involving molecular engineering as well as breeding. FuturaGene continues to address these challenges, leveraging our in-house capabilities and our field knowledge gained from our activities and partnerships in widespread global locations.
Diseases and pests constitute major threats to the maintenance of plant yield. Global mobility and changing climate have caused significant changes in the threat profile facing major agricultural crops in previously unaffected areas. FuturaGene’s efforts in this area are focused on emerging threats to our strategic crops. Our protection efforts involve unique proprietary discoveries, collaborations with universities and research institutions, coupled with careful germplasm selection and breeding approaches.
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