Developed seeds add strength to Turkish agriculture

Established in Sakarya in 1926, the Corn Research Institute serves Turkish agriculture with its R&D studies.

In the institute operating in Arifiye district, studies on corn and wheat varieties are carried out through breeding projects and R&D.

It is aimed to break the dominance of foreign varieties as much as possible and to reduce foreign dependency with 29 corn and 47 wheat varieties developed within the scope of supporting domestic and national production.

Wheat and corn seeds produced by breeding processes on special lines developed on the lands belonging to the institute, which is the coordinator of corn breeding and R&D activities in Turkey, are sold to private seed companies after registration.

In the institute, where studies are carried out on “grain”, “silage”, “sugar”, “gin” and “waxy” corn types, breeding and R&D activities are also carried out in product groups such as bread and durum wheat, chestnut squash and dried beans.

“No genetics of any developed product is tampered with”

The Director of the Institute, Bülent Cengiz, stated to the AA correspondent that they continue to work with 81 personnel, 22 of whom are engineers, and said that many products developed over the years have been offered to Turkish agriculture.

Cengiz noted that they brought 29 corn, 47 wheat, 2 pumpkin and 3 dry bean varieties to Turkish agriculture.

Explaining that the studies at the institute continue with the support of projects, Cengiz continued his words as follows:

“Our ‘Altınsa’ variety, the first red-grained durum wheat in Turkey, has been registered. The chestnut squash ‘Arıcan-97’ and ‘Ballıkız’ varieties in Turkey have been developed by the breeders of the institution and are only available in this institute in Turkey. They have been particularly successful in Egypt in recent years. one of our studies is our ‘inducer’ (small molecule that binds to a regulatory protein and initiates gene recording) lines, which were developed using the ‘double (double) haploid (chromosome set in a mature reproductive cell)’ technique. ‘. It is requested from us by many domestic and foreign companies. We will be selling them very soon. With these lines, under normal conditions, the corn variety requires a breeding period of 10-12 years. By using the double haploid technique, we can increase this period up to 2 years with these corn lines. This is the first ‘inducer’ lines registered in Turkey. It is requested from us by many domestic and foreign companies. I hope we will make sales soon.”

Cengiz, emphasizing that the genetics of any developed product is not modified, stated that the studies and projects are carried out on the basis of domestic and national seeds.

Stating that these seeds are delivered to farmers more easily and conveniently by selling them through domestic companies, Cengiz said, “Our main goal is to contribute to our farmers in terms of domestic and national seeds. We can easily say that we are in a position to compete with foreign varieties. Our aim is to serve Turkish agriculture in the best way.” used the phrases.