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Cisgenesis the next step in conventional breeding


To contribute to sustainable food production, we work with cisgenesis. This is the application of genes from related, crossable species. Cisgenesis is mainly used to improve disease resistance, so fewer pesticides need to be used during growth.

Faster strong varieties

By cisgenesis the breeding process is accelerated. In cisgenesis only the desired gene is conveyed. Thus a potato variety can receive additional resistance genes from other potato plants, for instance against Phytophthora. When these desired genes are inserted in the potato through classical breeding, also undesirable properties come along. It takes decades to create a useful variety through cross breeding.

Cisgenic plants are as safe as classic bred plants and therefore exempted from GMO legislation.