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Genomics-driven Seed Development

The science shaping the future of our portfolio

For the average grower, the application of genomics-driven seed development may seem complex, but the benefits are straightforward. By selecting markers associated with traits crucial for crop success, such as resilience to pests or adaptability to different growing conditions, we ensure that our varieties provide farmers with the tools they need for a successful harvest.

Research and development

In the ever-evolving world of agriculture, staying ahead in seed development is crucial for ensuring robust crops and thriving farms. At Elsoms, we take pride in our commitment to innovation. One area where we excel is in harnessing the power of genomics.

Our dedicated lab team covers a wide range of areas including genomics, micropropagation, and pathology.

Eleri, our Genomics Specialist, employs cutting-edge techniques, like marker-assisted selection, to enhance the quality and performance of our varieties. In this article, we delve into the fascinating world of genomics and how it is shaping the future of agriculture.

Understanding genomics-driven seed development

Genomics is the study of an organism’s entire DNA sequence. It provides a comprehensive view of the genetic makeup and allows us to identify specific genes associated with desirable traits. This knowledge is instrumental in our quest to develop superior varieties.

Woman looking through a micropscope

Marker selection and agronomic traits

Marker-assisted selection makes it easier and faster for our breeders to select plants with improved traits. This is a key aspect of our genomics-driven breeding programme. The differences between plants that make them resistant to disease, higher yielding, and adaptable to diverse environments are encoded in the plant’s genetic material – their DNA. Traditionally, breeders have selected plants based on measurable traits in the field, which can be time-consuming. A short-cut is to use specific DNA sequences, or markers, that are associated with these desirable traits. Once we have analysed the plants for these markers, we can identify those with the right combination of markers and use them to create stronger varieties. Developing new markers is an ongoing effort at Elsoms. Our breeding team is dedicated to uncovering the genetic secrets that contribute to the success of our varieties.

Example of Sanger sequencing chromatograph
Shown here is example data generated by Sanger sequencing technology. The genetic sequence highlighted on the top and the output chromatogram below.


For further information, learn more about Marker Assisted Breeding Techniques like Sanger Sequencing here.

By precisely identifying markers associated with desirable traits, we can skip lengthy traditional breeding processes and focus on plants with the highest likelihood of possessing the desired characteristics. Consequently, this targeted approach allows us to streamline the selection process, bringing about a more efficient and rapid development cycle. Moreover, this accelerated breeding timeline not only enhances the speed of variety development but also underscores our commitment to staying ahead in the dynamic world of seed innovation. Marker-assisted selection has revolutionized the breeding landscape at Elsoms, significantly reducing the average breeding time for our varieties.


Elsoms are passionate about our genomics-driven seed development, leveraging the latest technologies to develop varieties that meet the challenges of modern agriculture. Our commitment to using biotechnology, like marker assisted selection, in our breeding programmes reflects our dedication to providing farmers with the best possible seeds for their fields. As we continue to push the boundaries of innovation, Elsoms remains a trusted partner for farmers seeking superior, genetically advanced vegetable and arable varieties.