Virgin Plants is currently embarking on a collaborative research program at the Leibniz Institute at IPK Gatersleben to demonstrate the apomixis-inducing potential of APOLLO and UPGRADE in brassica napus, arabadopsis, and maize.
The cost of bringing a new trait to market is considerable, estimated to be $150,000,000. As a result, Virgin Plants is presently engaged in negotiations with several “strategics” to co-develop and co-invest alongside of our investment group as well as provide access to expertise and strategic technologies. The objective is to take advantage of their expertise, proprietary technology tools and resources to ensure our final technology product is aligned with their needs.
While the initial crops are maize and canola, the technology has potential wide spread application in all hybrid crops. Prospective target crops include rice, soy and cotton but the decision on “next crops” will be made in concert with strategic partners. Wheat is also in our sights.