Advanta Seeds opening lab at Texas A&M, bringing new jobs

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– A global seed company is setting up a new research facility at Texas A&M University.

Advanta Seeds held an open house as they unveiled their new laboratory and work space off Research Parkway in west campus. They will study the DNA of crop seeds from around the world. The cutting edge research will hopefully benefit farmers in the Brazos Valley and beyond. “Once the samples reach us, we need to break the tissues physically,” said Vinod Sathyanarayana, Ph.D., Advanta Laboratory Supervisor. 

“What we are doing is consolidating all our global research for corn, sorghum, sunflower, canola and wheat here in this research station. Not only for the USA, but also for around the world,” said Alberto Leon, Ph.D., Advanta Global Research and Development Director. Automated equipment will study the seeds’ molecular markers. “Here in the Biotech Center, we are committed to using the best technologies to help the breeders make good decisions, so they can deliver the best product to the farmers,” said Maria Arrieta, Ph.D., Advanta Global Molecular Breeding Lead. Texas A&M, Agrilife Research and The Research Valley Partnership worked to bring Advanta to College Station and expect a big impact to our economy.

“Utilizing Texas A&M’s resources and faculty and students to attract research and development efforts from global companies like Advanta Seeds is exactly why our Partnership is so important,” said Casey Oldham, Chairman of the Partnership Board. “We’re seeing success when we leverage Texas A&M in conversations about industry’s need for research and development. Texas A&M and Texas A&M Agrilife Research are major value propositions in our ongoing attraction strategy.”
“The idea of coming to College Station was because of the university because they have a nice sorghum breeding program here. There is a lot research and students and we have been treated very well by Agrilife, by Research Valley, by Texas A&M University,” said Leon. Right now, Advanta has 22 employees in College Station, but the company plans to expand. They also produce their own line of sorghum seeds, under the Alta Seeds brands.

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