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A salt tolerant wheat that saves our soils

A salt tolerant wheat that saves our soils

A salt tolerant wheat that saves our soils

Wheat - an essential grain food source for human consumption

Wheat is together with maize and rice, the world’s most important crop, with a harvest of ca 760 million metric tons during 2020 (www.fao.org). Wheat production covers more than 240 million hectares (ha) globally.

OlsAro is offering a solution in a growing demand for food in a world with an increasing population and decreasing arable land due to climate change, bad management, and urbanization. 

Wheat - an essential grain food source for human consumption

Wheat is together with maize and rice, the world’s most important crop, with a harvest of ca 760 million metric tons during 2020 (www.fao.org). Wheat production covers more than 240 million hectares (ha) globally.

OlsAro is offering a solution in a growing demand for food in a world with an increasing population and decreasing arable land due to climate change, bad management, and urbanization. 

The OlsAro solution: A salt tolerant wheat

OlsAro is well under way to develop a wheat that is tolerant to salt. It germinates and grows well in saline soil and gives good yield. These properties can be adapted to different climate zones.

By taking advantage of OlsAro ́s wheat, saline land that normally is fallow because of a dry season (e.g. in Bangladesh) could be utilized, adding one more crop season to the farmers. This would be of economic advantage in the whole chain from farm to fork. In addition, such crops would also re-utilize and remediate saline land in the drive for more sustainable agriculture.

The OlsAro solution: A salt tolerant wheat

OlsAro is well under way to develop a wheat that is tolerant to salt. It germinates and grows well in saline soil and gives good yield. These properties can be adapted to different climate zones.

By taking advantage of OlsAro ́s wheat, saline land that normally is fallow because of a dry season (e.g. in Bangladesh) could be utilized, adding one more crop season to the farmers. This would be of economic advantage in the whole chain from farm to fork. In addition, such crops would also re-utilize and remediate saline land in the drive for more sustainable agriculture.

The OlsAro solution: A salt tolerant wheat

OlsAro is well under way to develop a wheat that is tolerant to salt. It germinates and grows well in saline soil and gives good yield. These properties can be adapted to different climate zones.

By taking advantage of OlsAro ́s wheat, saline land that normally is fallow because of a dry season (e.g. in Bangladesh) could be utilized, adding one more crop season to the farmers. This would be of economic advantage in the whole chain from farm to fork. In addition, such crops would also re-utilize and remediate saline land in the drive for more sustainable agriculture.

Research & Development

To produce a mutagenized population of enough size and variation, to develop relevant assays to screen the population, to identify and further cultivate identified lines and to propagate and test these in the field takes several years. Thus, the time advantage and the R&D competence within this field is comprehensive within OlsAro, making it a major competitive strength.

The drought tolerant wheat that recently has been presented in Argentina is developed through GMO technology. We do not consider this as a competitive threat as it does not have the salt tolerance that OlsAro’s wheat variety has and its commercial potential is limited only to markets that allows GMO seeds. Main GMO seed users are North America and a few countries in South America and Asia.

From OlsAro’s mutagenized population, due to its high genetic variation, several additional traits of commercial value can be screened for i.e. high protein content in the grain, carbohydrate composition beneficial for to diabetes, wheat adopted for forthcoming environmental changes, etc. Also, genetic markers for such traits can be developed and such markers can be included in crossing programs to other varieties worldwide.