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MAS Seeds Research and Development

Our R&D to create high performance hybrids

MAS Seeds invests 15% of its turnover in research and development for corn, sunflower and oilseed rape.

Selection objectives

8 to 15 years are required to create 1 new corn, sunflower or oilseed rape hybrid. Our R&D department, thanks to our cutting edge technology, creates high potential varieties that can answer our clients demands by following specified breeding objectives

1

YIELD

increasing yield and yield stability for all our crops is one of the top breeding priorities.

2

ADAPTATION

of our genetic material to different soil types, climatic conditions, and impacts of global warming.

3

RESISTANCE

improving natural tolerance mechanisms of hybrids to stress factors such as diseases, pests or environmental stress like drought to secure yield.

4

FEED VALUE

 Silage quality improvment through multiple criteria like energy value, stay green, starch content.

5

QUALITY

oil content, oil composition, grain quality or biogas production are important characteristics for breeding.

6

AGRONOMY

Main plant characteristics like earliness, standability, plant height or flowering time play a major role in yield stability.

International Research & Development

R&D combines genetic footprints with molecular markers and field testing to create, asses and select hybrids thanks to genetic progress. MAS Seeds owns 8 research centers in Europe and Africa to select hybrids for each territory and determine the best position.

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R&D Genomics division figures

  • 9600 genetic corn and oleaginous ressources
  • 1 biomolecular laboratory
  • 400 000 DNA extracts analysed each year
  • 48 000 nursery lines
  • Di-halpïde programs for each species
  • 40 breeding partners, in public and private institutions

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R&D agronomy division figures

  • 8 research stations and 230 testing sites in Europe 
  • 4  winter generation sites (Chili, Argentina, Senegal, Mexico)
  • 300 000 experimental parcels
  • 2,5 million agronomic notations each year
  • 110 isolated fields and 1700 cages and tunnels for experimental seed production
  • 2 R&D "exploitation system" programs : AGROPLUS & NUTRIPLUS