Corn with the ability to reject GMO pollen!
December 21, 2015
Here at Michael Fields, we recognize that there is a need for seeds that are non-GMO and are suitable for organic farms. Organic seeds need to be strong, resilient, and produce plants able to yield in weedy environments. We also recognize that organic farmers have needs. One need that we are responding to, with the help of our partners at USDA-ARS, is the need for non-commodity corn that can reject GMO pollen. We are using classical breeding methods to develop varieties for organic growers with gametophytic incompatibility which eliminates GMO cross-pollination. How do we do this you may ask? Using something found in nature and in creation, of course – popcorn! Using classical breeding methods, popcorn has some alleles of interest, to help us develop varieties with gametophytic incompatibility, which reject GMO pollen. Preliminary results show that some of our varieties are rejecting pollen that is not their own, which includes GMO pollen! What an exciting way to start the New Year!
This holiday season, consider a donation to support Michael Fields Agricultural Institute’s work breeding corn with the ability to reject GMO pollen!