New variety developed using proprietary genomics technology platform designed to address food security challenges

Singrow chief executive and chief scientist Bao Shengjie

Singrow chief executive and chief scientist Bao Shengjie

Singapore-based agri-genomics firm Singrow has unveiled a new, climate-resilient strawberry variety designed to be grown in tropical climates.

The variety was developed using the company’s proprietary genomics technology platform. 

Bao Shengjie, chief executive and chief scientist of Singrow, said strawberries are traditionally grown in temperate climates and exported to Asia leading to higher prices and a larger carbon footprint. Singrow strawberries can be grown at scale in tropical countries, breaking seasonal and temperature barriers and unlocking huge potential for growers while also reducing costs for consumers. 

“Singrow is the first company to successfully utilise genomics technology to develop a sustainable commercial strawberry variety that can grow in tropical climate such as Singapore and South-East Asia. The success of this strawberry variety is the culmination of several years of research and we are excited to share this announcement with the global agricultural community,” said Bao.

Singrow uses advanced genomics technology that leverages deep understanding of plant genomes to improve crop nutrition and yield with varieties that are also disease and climate-resilient.

Bao said the scalable technology presents a significant opportunity for the agriculture industry as it can be applied to many staple crops that are facing challenges brought about by climate change. 

Singrow has started work on producing new crop varieties via the same technology and is working on expanding the list of produce to other crop segments such as rice, corn, sustainable palm oil and other staple vegetables.

“Warmer temperatures caused by climate change have had significant impact on food production. We believe that molecular and genomics crop-breeding technologies are the future for agriculture and we are proud to invent the future of agriculture in Singapore and tackle the toughest problems to secure the future of food,” said Bao.