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of feedstuffs is an evergreen concern. Looking to the
future, the following innovations will play a large part
in securing a sustainable and abundant cereal supply.
However, in the short term, GM seed technology must
overcome a series of significant obstacles.

Key areas of seed biotech research
Seed biotechnology introduces genetic variations
outside of the crop species' natural traits, allowing the
farmer to be more efficient and profitable while leaving a smaller environmental footprint. For animal food
producers, the selection of certain traits can reap considerable benefits for their bottom line.
Conducted in the public and private sectors, here
are four areas of seed biotechnology innovation that
will directly affect the producer's margins and improve
animal health:

1. SUPPLY: Higher yields
The UN's Food and Agriculture Organization
(FAO) reports 90 percent of the growth in crop production will come from "higher yields and increased
cropping intensity." Eighty percent of that growth will
come out of developing countries.
 We "will have to have more intensification," says
Dr. Tom Clemente, professor with the University of
Nebraska-Lincoln's Department of Agronomy and
Horticulture. "We need more corn or soybean crops
that can grow in higher density because we have less
arable farm land."
Genome editing holds a lot of promise in increasing
yield potential beyond crop protection.

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2. PROXIMITY: Climate adaptability
Research is being conducted in hopes of producing
drought- and frost-resistant varieties of row crops as climate change will impact what's being planted and where.
"That's going to be the real influence of climate
change - can the plant handle extreme conditions at
critical times?" Clemente says.
The European Commission's DROP program is exploring "genetic patterns linked to water efficiency and
drought resistance" in corn, wheat and sorghum.
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3. SAFETY: Mycotoxin resistance
With weather extremes comes the increased threat
of mycotoxins.
According to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration
(FDA), mycotoxin contamination causes $1.64 billion
in revenue losses annually, but that figure will likely
be driven higher with climate shifts.
Researchers are developing fungus-resistant seeds to
assist in preserving pre- and post-harvest grain quality.

Future of biotechnology, feed exports hinges on
EU-US trade talks

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4. NUTRITION: Nutrient manipulation
According to the International Service for the
Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications (ISAAA),
the nutritional enhancement of GM crops "targets manipulation of levels of proteins and amino acids, fats
and oils, vitamins and minerals, carbohydrates and
fiber quality, as well as decreasing the levels of undesirable components in major feed crops."
GM corn, for example, is being developed to
include higher levels of methionine and strides are
also being made in eliminating anti-nutrients from
other feed grains.

Will mega mergers stall innovation?
Over the past year, six of the seven largest seed producers announced merger and acquisition (M&A) plans:
ChemChina's $43 billion bid to takeover Swiss seed
and pesticide group Syngenta; German drug and crop
chemical maker Bayer's aim to acquire U.S. seed company Monsanto for $66 billion; and U.S.-based Dow
Chemical's $130 billion merger with DuPont.
"It benefits seed companies to be low-cost
producers," explains Elizabeth Hund, senior vice
president and division manager of US Bank's food
industries division. "During a broad downturn in
commodity prices, M&As will allow the big seed
companies to survive. They'll be able to reduce costs
and become more efficient, which better positions


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Poultry USA - February 2017
Contents
Study shows wheat quality’s impact on broiler performance
Animal ag needs metrics for antimicrobial stewardship
US foundation works to end African poverty with chickens
Cargill ad campaign highlights turkey growers
100TH YEAR SERIES: Seed biotechnology: The impact on animal production
US broiler farms monitor nutrient runoff practices
7 additives to replace antibiotics in US broiler feeds
Product Review
Market Place
Ad Index
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