In the pipeline: Fusarium

Fusarium Head Blight (FHB) is a fungal disease that affects wheat and small grains. The disease causes more than $290 million in losses annually in the US alone, a figure that can climb to $1 billion in years when heavy disease is present.

GreenLight Bio is working with sequences that show promise for controlling Fusarium, which secretes mycotoxins harmful to humans and animals. Mycotoxins, such as deoxynivalenol (DON), are regulated in the food chain because of high toxicity to mammals. High levels of DON reduce grain quality and marketability.

GreenLight Bio is pursuing both Fusarium control and novel DON reduction strategies to create a compelling product for grain growers and the food and agriculture value chain.