High-methionine soybean to be commercialized

Improved soybean variety could lower poultry and aquaculture feed production costs.

Plant Sensory Systems LLC and Schillinger Genetics Inc. have entered into a collaboration to move toward commercialization a new high methionine soybean variety for animal feed.

Under the agreement, Plant Sensory Systems receives an exclusive commercial license to Schillinger Genetics’ NAVITA soybean variety that contains the enhanced nutrition (EN) technology developed by Plant Sensory Systems. The EN technology increases the levels of several essential amino acids in seeds, including methionine.

Conventional soybeans are deficient in methionine. To meet dietary requirements, methionine is added to nearly all soy-based feed. Chemically synthesized methionine — or its analog — is the most common form of the supplemental amino acid in feed.

“The level of methionine in the EN soybeans meets the methionine dietary requirements for chicken and fish,” explained Frank Turano, chief research officer of Plant Sensory Systems. “When used for feed, the EN soybean could reduce the need for amino acid supplementation and, as a result, would lower feed production costs. The EN technology delivers methionine in feed in a sustainable and economical manner.”

“We are excited about the significant enhancement of key amino acids from the EN technology in our high protein, ultra-low anti-nutrient NAVITA soybeans,” said John Schillinger, president and founder of Schillinger Genetics.

Plant Sensory Systems is a privately held agricultural biotechnology company located in Baltimore, Md., that develops plant genetic and biochemical solutions for the food, feed and bio-based industries.

Schillinger Genetics is a privately held soybean research company based in West Des Moines, Iowa, that specializes in the development and marketing of soybean varieties selected for improved nutritional composition for food and feed markets.

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