Heartland Plant Innovations

Heartland Plant Innovations is a joint venture between the Kansas Association of Wheat Growers, Kansas Wheat Commission, several private companies, Kansas State University, the University of Kansas and the Kansas Bioscience Authority.

Founded in 2009, the company is developing advanced technology for gene discovery, trait validation and crop improvement, focusing on wheat and sorghum.

Based in Manhattan, Kan., the company maintains an essential wheat doubled haploid laboratory, which allows plant breeders to cut the time required to develop a new wheat variety almost in half.

When coupled with the use of additional modern breeding technologies such as molecular markers, a high-resolution physical map and a sequenced genome, the time required for identifying and cloning important genes could be reduced cut dramatically.

Learn more about HPI and the doubled haploid technology at the company’s website.