Toyota is interested in plants, especially those that contribute to the production of biofuels. In partnership with the National Center for Agricultural Research in the area of Kyushu Okinawa in Japan, the manufacturer has developed a technique of genetic analysis that can significantly shorten the process of improved varieties of sugarcane and increase plant performance.
Specifically, TMC (Toyota Motor Corporation) has developed a technique for analyzing high-throughput DNA. This technique is called marker-assisted breeding – which carries genetic information to predict performance. It is already used in the cultivation of rice and corn.
Toyota has managed to establish a genetic map of sugarcane five times more accurate than previous versions and use this information to improve the variety. The Japanese giant is confident that this new technique of genetic analysis will help for agro fuels tomorrow.
The objective of TMC is to shorten the period of 50% improvement of sugarcane. The technique of genetic analysis should also help increase yields by creating varieties with high sugar content and more resistant to disease. By developing techniques to increase crop yields, TMC intends to promote the wider use of biofuels.
The high-throughput DNA analysis constitutes the core of the technique discussed here can apply not only to sugar cane, but also other varieties of plants with large genomes. According to TMC, it also holds potential benefits for food production and the environment. The group also plans to release the content to allow its widespread use.
Toyota, which is also a producer of bio-plastics, shows us his hand “green”, not only in terms of hybrids.