Steps in Developing a New Oat Variety for a Business Partner:

1) Formulation

The partner describes the ideal oat for their purpose.

2) Translation

Crop Tailor uses its expertise in biochemistry and plant molecular biology to translate this description of properties (phenotype) into biochemical and genetic terms (genotype).

3) Discovery

CropTailor develops a biochemical assay for the character and sceens the mutagenized oat population for lines modified in the particular character chosen. The population has such a high variation that individual lines in every single gene and consequently biochemical character can be identified.

4) Proof of Concept in Crop

A number of oat lines that carry mutations in the particular biochemical reaction required will be identified. Such lines are then studied in the laboratory and later in the greenhouse to confirm the modified phenotype and to demonstrate that the character is stable. If so, a proof of concept in crop (POCC) has been obtained.

5) Propagation and Commercialisation.

After POCC has been obtained, lines are tested in the field and if the character remains stable, lines can be crossed (if necessary) and propagated according to normal breeding routines. The whole procedure of developing a new variety takes between 4-7 years depending on the required final volumes and the complexity of the characters requested.