Launch of the genome-edited tomato with increased GABA in Japan

Today, we submitted the notification to the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) as well as the documentation to the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) regarding our genome edited tomatoes with increased GABA developed in collaboration with the University of Tsukuba.


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We also have decided to market our increased GABA genome-edited tomato with Sicilian Rouge High GABA” in collaboration with our affiliate Pioneer EcoScience Co., Ltd. . Sicilian Rouge High GABA is a tomato developed by using CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing technology -a new breeding technology. GABA is one type of amino acid that has recently been attracting attention as a functional component. GABA is expected to assist with relaxation and help to lower blood pressure.


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Sicilian Rouge High GABA will be available as seedlings for home garden use at first. You can apply for it on the Pioneer EcoScience website (Currently available in Japan only).



The 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded to the developers of CRISPR/Cas9. Sanatech Seed secured a non-exclusive research and commercial license to CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing technology from Corteva Agriscience and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard.


We hope that our products, which have been developed using cutting edge technology, will be useful for your health. We will continue our research and development under the concept of “For Tomorrow’s children and the Earth” as the first company to sell genome-edited products in Japan and the genome-edited vegetable products in the world. We will continue to share information on genome-edited crops.