Advanta Seeds opens new biotech center

Center will accelerate research and development capabilities for sorghum, corn, vegetables sunflower, canola and rice.

Advanta Seeds, a global agriculture company specializing in seeds and agricultural solutions, has opened a new state-of-the-art biotechnology facility in College Station, Texas. The new biotechnology center is a result of a ground-breaking partnership with Texas A&M AgriLife Research headquartered at Texas A&M University in College Station.

“We are pleased to form this partnership and look forward to discovering new crop technologies to meet the challenges of an ever-expanding global population,” said Dr. Craig Nessler, Texas A&M AgriLife Research director.

The center will accelerate Advanta Seeds research and development (R&D) capabilities for the company’s key crops: sorghum, corn, vegetables sunflower, canola and rice.

“The completion of this new biotechnology center is part of our corporate commitment to farmers and food security,” Advanta Seeds chief executive officer Bhupen Dubey said. "The UPL Group that Advanta Seeds is a part of invests heavily into the agriculture future. It all started with finding the best research partner compatible with our R&D projects and technology, which led us to Texas A&M AgriLife Research. We have considered 10 candidates from countries where our business operates, but Texas A&M AgriLife Research proved to be the best choice, with clear and business-friendly policies, which is crucial for making available new technologies to farmers quickly. Additionally, the state of Texas has very clear regulations and policies regarding seed import, which is very important for conducting international research."

The Advanta CS Biotechnology Center will support Advanta Seeds local and international research programs. Furthermore, College Station is an important location for grain and forage sorghum -- a key crop for Advanta Seeds.

Advanta Seeds is a sustainable agriculture company providing innovative solutions and seeds technology to farmers around the world. With a global footprint in more than 60 countries, Advanta Seeds has a leadership position in tropical and subtropical corn, grain and forage sorghum, sunflower, canola, rice and vegetables. Advanta Seeds is a part of the UPL Group.

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