New research published in the journal Nature confirms that a new trait engineering technology developed by Dow AgroSciences and Sangamo BioSciences can provide effective genome modification in corn.

Called Exzact Precision Technology, the new process uses proprietary zinc-finger nucleases (ZFN) for trait engineering.

“We see this as a unique new technology for researchers to develop new, novel and high-value traits in a variety of agricultural crops,” says Joe Sobek, new business development leader for Exzact for Dow AgroSciences. “We expect new products driven by this technology to be on the market by 2017.”

The technology specifically targets any DNA sequence, providing flexibility and versatility in genetic research and enabling developers to add, delete or edit genes in plants.

“This technology will work across all crops,” Sobek says. “We see it being used in a variety of methods to create new products, including input traits, agronomic traits or consumer-driven traits.”

Dow AgroSciences will use the new Exzact Precision Technology in product development within the company. “In addition, we will be collaborating with other companies on how to best leverage this technology,” Sobek says.