CRISPR/Cas9 in agriculture
DuPont, with the help of Caribou Biosciences, has started growing corn and wheat that has been edited by CRISPR/Cas9. The biotech company is trying to see if they can grow drought-resistant corn and wheat than can breed like a hybrid rather than self-pollinate. If the tests are a success, the new genetically-modified wheat can increase yield by 10-15%. They will join the list of crops that have already been CRISPR/Cas9-edited, like soybeans, rice, and potatoes.
DuPont’s plans for “CRISPR plants”
Field trials for the CRISPR-edited corn and wheat will be implemented on the Spring of 2016. A representative for DuPont has announced that it plans to bring the products to the market in 5-10 years. DuPont has already invested in Caribou Biosciences, and they will have exclusive rights to the crops’ patents once approved.