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Looking Forward to Biotech Traits

Through our work moving forward, our wheat breeders will be expanding their use of marker-assisted and other advanced breeding technologies to increase the rate of genetic gain in wheat germplasm and to help enhance the productivity of wheat through improved yields. Longer term, these seeds will also serve as the germplasm foundation in which new biotechnology traits will be introduced in the next decade.

Water Needs in Wheat is a Major Focus

10 - 15 Years From Now

Building on Monsanto Company's previous experience with soybeans and corn, biotech products in wheat could be developed within 10-15 years. Potential traits could include Monsanto Company's pipeline products such as:

  • improved yield
  • drought tolerance
  • reduced fertilizer (nitrogen) use
  • herbicide tolerance traits
  • disease resistance