This is Inari, based in Cambridge, Mass. that teams up with independent seed producers “using its exclusive computational and genetic toolbox to introduce high-performance crops” that are resilient, drought-free, and require fewer resources. Inari has a Seed Foundry where a plant’s genes are edited – with some genes being removed or inserted, and others fine-tuned.
While this evolution of the seeds is expected to happen naturally over the next 1,000 years, Inari is “speeding up that process.” For example, three modifications were simultaneously made on tomato plant seeds in order to grow the size of the branch, increase the number of flowers, and expand the size of the fruit. As a result, there was an increase in productivity of more than 90%, which was unprecedented.
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The Seed Foundry can reportedly produce new seeds at 1/3 of current industry time and 10% of the costs. Inari’s plant science and technology platforms profoundly impact the industry for growers, consumers, and the environment.