We believe in innovation to accelerate the launch of new products
Over the past 150 years, we have seen a tremendous increase in crop yields. About half of the increase can be traced to improvements introduced through plant breeding, while the other half can be traced to advances in agricultural practices. These changes have brought greater food security, lower rates of malnutrition, lower food costs, more food choices, safer foods, and, have created lasting environmental benefits, in both economically developed and developing countries.
Today we continue to improve yield and support the continued evolution of agricultural practices through a better understanding of plant biology. In addition, we better understand the biological processes that contribute to taste, shelf-life, and fruit quality. As a leader in agricultural innovation, we are well placed to learn from scientific and technological advances at universities and within our industry itself.
We understand and apply our knowledge of the plant genome to aid our breeding programs through the use of molecular markers and DNA sequence analysis. While still utilizing traditional plant breeding techniques, the efficiency gains from the use of these new technologies, reduce the time and resources required to produce new products.
For decades we have been fortunate to have tools and processes that allow us and others to propagate plant cells and tissues and regenerate these plant materials into whole plants. Cell biology and tissue plant culture techniques and processes help us to produce seeds for research analysis and early stage plant breeding.
Our products are produced globally, in environments that are often prone to plant diseases. At HM.CLAUSE, we aspire to lead our industry in understanding plant diseases – how to diagnose them, the molecular basis of infection, and the development of strategies to protect plants from contamination. With geographical diversity, we can monitor plant disease development and rapidly evaluate the success of our breeding efforts in the production of plants that are tolerant or resistance to bacteria, fungi or nematodes.
One of the biggest challenges for our customers is the delivery of high quality produce to consumers. Consumers worldwide demand fruits and vegetables with good taste and quality. We aim to improve the taste and shelf-life of fruits and vegetables so that our customers can deliver better tasting and highly nutritious products to the consumer. In addition, it is well known that fruits and vegetables are important in the nutrition of the world’s population. Fruits and vegetables provide vitamins and minerals and, perhaps more importantly, help to mitigate human disease through pharmaceutical-like molecules – such as fiber and lycopene which have been documented to help moderate and even diminish the development of certain cancers in humans. By focusing our efforts on improved taste and increased shelf-life we are helping to do our part in delivering improved nutrition and lessening the impact of chronic disease throughout the world.