"The oilseed yield results for C3003 from this field test represent an important milestone for Yield10 and indicate that this trait may provide a novel way to produce, not incremental improvements, but step-change improvements in yield in oilseeds and other crops," said
Stable Camelina seed lines expressing the yield trait gene C3003 were studied in this field trial. The highest yielding line expressing the C3003 gene matured an average of six days earlier than controls. While expression of C3003 enabled some lines to produce higher seed yields per acre, up to a 23% increase in the best line, the individual seed size in these lines was decreased compared to controls, likely due to a change in carbon partitioning in the plant. This reduction in seed size was expected based on data from prior greenhouse trials and Yield10 is currently addressing this with its second generation C3003 trait. Expression of C3003 did not change the total amount of oil in the seed.
"The key findings for C3003 in our 2016 field trial in Camelina are very encouraging and consistent with prior greenhouse and small field tests conducted by Yield10 and our academic collaborator," said
Background on the Novel Yield Trait Gene C3003
Yield10's " Smart Carbon Grid for Plants" technology platform focuses on identifying gene targets that enhance carbon capture from photosynthesis and regulate the flow of carbon to seed. C3003 represents the lead trait in this platform. C3003 appears to be a very unique gene that impacts photorespiration, a biochemical pathway in C3 plants which is responsible for significant losses in yield. Yield10 is progressing the introduction of the C3003 gene trait and improvements to the C3003 trait in Camelina, canola, soybean and rice, and expects to disclose additional results from a number of these activities throughout 2017.
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This press release contains forward-looking statements which are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. The forward-looking statements in this release do not constitute guarantees of future performance. Investors are cautioned that statements in this press release which are not strictly historical statements, including, without limitation, expectations regarding the reproducibility of data from field tests, the translation of yield improvements from Camelina to other crops, the potential to produce improvements in seed yield while also maintaining typical seed size and oil composition, the timing of completion of additional greenhouse and field test studies, and progress of
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