Yissum - Research Development Company of the Hebrew University

Genetic Material and Breeding Design for Drought-Resistant Cotton

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Summary of the technology

Molecular Breeding Scheme for Drought-Resistant Cotton.
Project ID : 8-2012-2776

Description of the technology

Improving drought resistance in most popular commercial species


Agriculture, Plant Genetics

Development Stage

Proof of biological concept: initial development of genetic material

Patent Status

Proprietary cotton varieties will be developed


  • Cotton is the world’s leading fiber crop and also an important oilseed.
  • Whether irrigated or not, cotton is often exposed to drought, which adversely affects both yield and lint quality.
  • Cotton consists of two predominant cultivated closely related species, Gossypium hirsutum (Upland cotton) and G. barbadense (Pima cotton), that have retained different genes or alleles for various traits which provide an opportunity to restore desirable alleles "left behind" during domestication.

Our Innovation

Selected quantitative trait loci (QTLs) that confer drought resistance were exchanged between the two species through marker assisted selection (MAS). The resulting near isogenic lines (NILs) were shown to enhance drought responses in field trials.

Key Features

  • This program aims to dissect and further understand the physiological effects of QTL regions that have been shown to be useful for improving drought resistance, and to develop novel commercial varieties of cotton with better adaptation to drought prone conditions.

Development Milestones

  • Seeking partners for funding further research and breeding program towards the commercialization of the resulting varieties.

The Opportunity

  • Cotton cultivars specifically adapted to drought condition may enhance yield under water-limited conditions and reduce the negative effects of extreme drought events.

Project manager

Ilya Pittel

Project researchers

Yehoshua Saranga
HUJI, Faculty of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Quality Sciences
Plant Sciences and Genetics

Related keywords

  • Agriculture
  • Agro chemicals
  • Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, Animal Husbandry and Related Products
  • Agricultural genetic engineering applications
  • Agricultural chemicals
  • agriculture
  • plant genetics

About Yissum - Research Development Company of the Hebrew University

Technology Transfer Office from Israel

Yissum Research Development Company of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Ltd. Founded in 1964 to protect and commercialize the Hebrew University’s intellectual property. Ranked among the top technology transfer companies, Yissum has registered over 8,900 patents covering 2,500 inventions; has licensed out 800 technologies and has spun-off 90 companies. Products that are based on Hebrew University technologies and were commercialized by Yissum generate today over $2 Billion in annual sales.

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