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potential of seed biotechnology. By 2050, food production will have to increase by 70 percent to feed a global
population of 9.7 billion. To do so will require intensification in crop and animal protein production.
For those working in animal agriculture and its
allied industries, the availability, quality and price of
feedstuffs is an evergreen concern. Looking to the
future, the following innovations will play a large part
in securing a sustainable and abundant cereal supply.
However, in the short term, GM seed technology must
overcome a series of significant obstacles.

Key areas of seed biotech research
Seed biotechnology introduces genetic variations
outside of the crop species' natural traits, allowing the
farmer to be more efficient and profitable while leaving a smaller environmental footprint. For animal food
producers, the selection of certain traits can reap considerable benefits for their bottom line.
Conducted in the public and private sectors, here
are four areas of seed biotechnology innovation that
will directly affect the producer's margins and improve
animal health:

1. SUPPLY: Higher yields
The UN's Food and Agriculture Organization
(FAO) reports 90 percent of the growth in crop production will come from "higher yields and increased
cropping intensity." Eighty percent of that growth will
come out of developing countries.
 We "will have to have more intensification," says
Dr. Tom Clemente, professor with the University of
Nebraska-Lincoln's Department of Agronomy and
Horticulture. "We need more corn or soybean crops
that can grow in higher density because we have less
arable farm land."
Genome editing holds a lot of promise in increasing
yield potential beyond crop protection.

2. PROXIMITY: Climate adaptability
Research is being conducted in hopes of producing
drought- and frost-resistant varieties of row crops as climate change will impact what's being planted and where.
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"That's going to be the real influence of climate
change - can the plant handle extreme conditions at
critical times?" Clemente says.
The European Commission's DROP program is exploring "genetic patterns linked to water efficiency and
drought resistance" in corn, wheat and sorghum.

3. SAFETY: Mycotoxin resistance
With weather extremes comes the increased threat
of mycotoxins.
According to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration
(FDA), mycotoxin contamination causes $1.64 billion
in revenue losses annually, but that figure will likely
be driven higher with climate shifts.
Researchers are developing fungus-resistant seeds to
assist in preserving pre- and post-harvest grain quality.

Future of biotechnology, feed exports hinges on
EU-US trade talks

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4. NUTRITION: Nutrient manipulation
According to the International Service for the
Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications (ISAAA),
the nutritional enhancement of GM crops "targets manipulation of levels of proteins and amino acids, fats
and oils, vitamins and minerals, carbohydrates and
fiber quality, as well as decreasing the levels of undesirable components in major feed crops."
GM corn, for example, is being developed to
include higher levels of methionine and strides are
also being made in eliminating antinutrients from
other feed grains.

Will mega mergers stall innovation?
During the past year, six of the seven largest seed
producers announced merger and acquisition (M&A)
plans: ChemChina's $43 billion bid to takeover Swiss
seed and pesticide group Syngenta; German drug
and crop chemical maker Bayer's aim to acquire U.S.
seed company Monsanto for $66 billion; and U.S.-based
Dow Chemical's $130 billion merger with DuPont.


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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Poultry International - February 2017

Poultry International - February 2017
Contents
Editor’s Comment
Top Asian poultry companies to watch
VIV Asia 2017 to represent entire animal protein chain
How stocking density affects free-range hen behavior
6 questions about the future of animal protein production
Seed biotechnology: The impact on animal production
Successful poultry processors identify challenges, benefits
How to make homemade poultry, pig trace mineral premixes
Products
Marketplace
Advertisers’ Index
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Poultry International - February 2017 - Contents
Poultry International - February 2017 - Editor’s Comment
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Poultry International - February 2017 - 5
Poultry International - February 2017 - Top Asian poultry companies to watch
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Poultry International - February 2017 - VIV Asia 2017 to represent entire animal protein chain
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Poultry International - February 2017 - How stocking density affects free-range hen behavior
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Poultry International - February 2017 - 6 questions about the future of animal protein production
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Poultry International - February 2017 - Seed biotechnology: The impact on animal production
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Poultry International - February 2017 - Successful poultry processors identify challenges, benefits
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Poultry International - February 2017 - How to make homemade poultry, pig trace mineral premixes
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