Tech ID 22-009 – Increasing the Yield of Plants and Crops

The global commercial seed market is more than US$75.04 billion and is expected to grow at a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of about 9.9 percent through the year 2026. Seed constitutes the main nutrient source for humans and domesticated animals. Seed size is an essential trait for nutritional value and crop yield. As the human and livestock population increases, the demand for food and fodder increases and the amount of land available for food production decreases. This drives the need for increased crop yields. Researchers at Saint Louis University have developed methods to increase the seed size and potential crop yield by manipulating gene expression and the signaling pathway in plants. They have integrated the technology with other supporting elements that are required to use the technology in its intended application and tested the integration in a laboratory environment. OVPR Research Innovation Group (Office of Technology Management) otm@slu.edu 314-977-1219

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