Crop Tailor is working actively with four different oat varieties at the moment:

Oat Variety with High Content of β-glucan

β-glucans, soluble fibers in oats, have documented cholesterol-lowering properties, recognized by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as well as European Food Safety Administration (EFSA). The most common oat varieties grown in Scandinavia contain around 4 % β-glucans. Crop Tailor is at the moment propagating oat lines from the mutagenised population with elevated ß-glucan levels of 7,8 %. Preliminary data indicate that this value can increase to above 8 % by crossing two or more high ß-glucan mutations. Our business partner in this project will buy all available volumes when commercial volumes can be produced, estimated to begin during 2015.

Oat Variety with High Content of Protein

The most common oat varieties grown in Scandinavia contain around 11.7% protein whereas several lines in Crop Tailors mutagenized oat population contain up to and over 24 % protein. A doubled protein content changes the characteristics of oat as food and feed, and makes it more competitive compared to other crops. Crop Tailor is at the moment negotiating with two business partners about the terms for the commercialisation of this oat variety.

Oat Variety with High Content of Avenathramide Antioxidants

Oat kernels have contain high levels of endogenous antioxidants. A number of these are of the phenolic antioxidants of which the oat-unique avenanthramides are dominant. There are several indications that avenanthramides are positive to human health. One example of this is that avenanthramides potentially prevents certain cancers. This group of bioactive natural antioxidants could therefore replace synthetic antioxidants in various industrial applications. Crop Tailor has lines containing almost four time the levels of the most common oat varieties. Crop Tailor is now looking for suitable business partners regarding this variety.

Fusarium-Resistant Oat

Fusarium is a big problem for oat farmers in Northern Europe and fusarium levels is high on the agenda for future regulation of the limits of the EU’s food legislation. CropTailor has a number of lines potentially useful in breeding programs for Fusarium resistant oat. No such resistance exist in present breeding populations. Crop Tailor is now looking for suitable business partners regarding this variety.