CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS, US — Seed technology firm Inari and leading Australian cereal breeding company InterGrain will collaborate on efforts to improve wheat’s yield potential and long-term viability in response to increasingly variable weather and climate trends.
The partnership, announced Feb. 22, brings together InterGrain’s well-adapted Australian wheat genetics with Inari’s predictive design and multiplex gene editing capabilities, promising a future of unique and competitive products that represent a step-change in yield potential. Together, InterGrain and Inari are targeting a 10% to 15 % increase in wheat yield potential, in addition to more efficient use of inputs. The integration of this new breeding technology will meet Australian regulatory requirements.
“Inari’s team brings a wealth of experience and knowledge, and InterGrain values the collaboration capability to bring our shared vision for a more sustainable future for agriculture to life,” said Tress Walmsley, chief executive officer, InterGrain, based in Bibra Lake, Western Australia.
Inari, based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, US, applies data science and software engineering to create nature-positive outcomes, addressing the complex systems within plants that impact factors such as productivity and resource use efficiency.
“This collaboration with InterGrain is a critical next step in Inari’s mission to transform the crops most responsible for global food security,” said Ponsi Trivisvavet, CEO at Inari. “Our SEEDesign platform has the ability to transform any crop in any geography. Expanding not only into wheat but also into a new continent presents an exciting opportunity to broaden the reach and impact of our cutting-edge technology.”