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    KWS Gateway Research Center

KWS Gateway Research Center

The KWS global research and breeding programs develop seed and technology that provide an efficient and sustainable approach to agriculture.

With priorities in yield stability quality, and the preservation of genetic resources, KWS brings new high performing varieties and hybrids having improved field and farmer performance. Through a world-class breeding team and tools, Gene Editing (GE) and resistance breeding are just two areas of emphasis for KWS.

Meet a Scientist

“The precision of genome editing fascinates me – we can focus on exactly those trait genes that are promising for breeders and farmers, and save time and cost compared to traditional breeding methods. My dream is that we would be able to develop our products directly for the market, without scientifically unjustified regulations.”

Mei Yu, Research Lead, Genome Editing, KWS

The Danforth Plant Science Center at BRDG Park is home to the KWS Gateway Research Center. Here, teams of scientists develop new technologies to support modern agriculture methods as farmers face the challenges of the 21st century: nutritious local food, sustainably sourced, with limited chemical or post-emergence applications. The Gateway Research Center is where science and farming intersect.

As global food needs increase due to growing populations and less arable farmland, KWS is meeting these challenges through scientific applications of breeding technologies. These technologies include Genome Editing (GE) technologies that modify plant genetic structure to combat pests, diseases, and climate changes. Insect resistance technologies also provide specific, focused solutions to adapt plant genes to resist specific insects.

The KWS Gateway Research Center is proud to lead the scientific community through the development of new technologies that will aid farmers in meeting future food needs through improved, sustainable seeds, and seed technologies.

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As the global population develops further, more food will be needed per acre of arable land. How can genome editing help us? The stability and simplicity of use offered by new breeding methods provides unique possibilities. New, high-yielding varieties specifically adapted to their environment are an outcome of gene editing.

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Dr. Luz Irina Calderon Villalobos
Group Lead Genome Editing & KWS Gateway Research Center Manager
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Hongwu Jia
Hongwu Jia
Head of Trait Development & KWS Gateway Research Center Manager
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