The inaugural harvest of the first gene-edited high-fiber wheat has been
completed, as reported by its developer, Calyxt. The high-fiber wheat is the
seventh Calyxt product that has been declared as non-regulated by the U.S.
Department of Agriculture (USDA), including powdery mildew-resistant wheat,
high-oleic soybeans, high-oleic/low-linoleic soybeans, improved quality
alfalfa, cold storable potatoes and reduced browning potatoes.
"Consumer demand for high-fiber products has never been higher, as fiber is
essential for healthy digestion, with the potential to decrease the risk of
food-related chronic diseases like coronary heart disease and diabetes. Most
adults only consume about half of the recommended amount of fiber in their
diet but, with this latest advancement, we're one step closer to developing
a product with up to three times more dietary fiber than standard white
flour, resulting in a healthier alternative for consumers - with the same
great taste that they love," Calyxt CEO Jim Blome explained.
The high-fiber wheat was developed by using Calyxt's proprietary
gene-editing technology, TALENR, to produce a small and precise modification
in the wheat genome, which is almost six times larger than the human genome.
It is projected that the gene-edited wheat will be commercially available by