Agricultural genomics, or agrigenomics, has and will continue to drive sustainable productivity and offer solutions to the mounting challenges of feeding the global population. Using modern technology, farmers, breeders, and researchers can easily identify the genetic markers linked to desirable traits, detecting pathogens, informing cultivation and breeding decisions.

The Problems

Farmers and breeders across the globe strive to produce plants and animals with the desired traits through the selective breeding procedure, spending a big amount of time and money towards that end. But especially if they want to achieve more than one trait, how sure they can be that they have selected the correct animal or plant? Can microbiology science help them seclude a single trait of interest and help them backcross it to the rest of the population? Can it help them recognize and suggest treatment for novel infectious diseases? Also in a world filled with genetically modified organisms how can science help us find which are and which are not GMO?

Our Solutions

Genomic Selection and Trait Screening
Genetic information has largely replaced physical screening for many commercial agriculture applications, including selective breeding. Genetic markers linked to specific value traits can be used to screen large numbers of progeny to identify those with desired characteristics. Trait screening is ideal for multigenic traits that are difficult to manage using conventional breeding or propagation techniques, and even more difficult to identify phenotypically. Marker-Assisted Backcrossing The goal of backcrossing in commercial agriculture applications is to move a single trait of interest—such as drought tolerance, high productivity, or disease resistance—from a donor parent to progeny.

Marker-assisted backcrossing
using microarrays or NGS (Next-generation sequencing) enables researchers to monitor the transmission of the trait gene via a genetically linked marker that can be easily screened. This process significantly accelerates backcrossing programs and reduces the time to release of commercially viable plant lines or breeding stock.

Infectious Disease Identification
The recent emergence of novel infectious diseases in animal & plant populations has required researchers to look beyond conventional diagnostic tests for ways to identify these new pathogens. The speed and affordability of NGS have fueled the field of metagenomics, enabling us to screen samples, detect infectious agents rapidly, and track disease outbreaks. Rapid identification and characterization of pathogens remain essential for effective monitoring and control strategies. Enables cost-effective detection of pathogens in the laboratory or field — without the requirement to ship samples to sequencing facilities.

GMO Characterization
The molecular characterization of genetically modified organisms (GMO) is necessary for event selection and, in many countries, regulatory approval. The simplicity and consistency of NGS make this method a superior alternative to the existing process of Southern blotting and sequencing of PCR products. Deep sequencing of the whole genome allows determination of the number of insert sites, copy numbers at each site, the sequence of the insert and the native site, and generational stability.

Clients’ Benefits

  • Increase productivity and profitability
  • Time & cost effective trait selection
  • Enhance plant lines or breeding stock with new desirable traits
  • Time & cost effective disease detection
  • MGO identification with increased credibility & ease
  • Easy to use & portable solutions (at the field)

Production & Delivery

The production and delivery procedure according to the client’s needs is the following:

  1. Clients sign up on our website and request a DNA test kit
  2. • Option A: The DNA test kit with a unique customer code for anonymity is being dispatched to the selected address via courier and once completed is returned to our labs
    • Option B: Our experts visit the client for an onsite DNA sample analysis
  3. The sample is being analyzed on our sequencing devices
  4. Depending on the clients’ needs and DNA analysis, our reports are being generated and interpreted by our scientists
  5. Results are instantly uploaded online on our website
  6. Reports, identification and certifications remain available for the clients on our platform for further use