CropTailor - Tailoring Crops for The Future, Since 2007
CropTailor was founded in 2007 in Gothenburg, Sweden by Olof Olsson who at the time was professor in molecular biology at Gothenburg University. Among the early investors in CropTailor where Rickard Öste’s Lundagrion AB. Later investors during the Gothenburg years include Lantmännen – a Swedish agricultural cooperative owned by 19.000 farmers.
2012 the company was re-located to the department of Pure and Applied Biochemistry at the Chemistry Centre at Lund University in Lund, Sweden and in June 2015 Lantmännen acquired the share majority in CropTailor providing economic stability and resources to the company. The Chemistry Centre at Lund University is the largest education and research center of chemistry in Scandinavia and provided CropTailor the facilities needed for expanding our research and to develop and improve the existing oat population.
In the following years, the research consortium ScanOats where formed. Research performed within ScanOats has culminated in a lot of insights into the unique properties and workings of the CropTailor mutant population. This includes, inter alia, data about agricultural, industrial processing and health beneficiary properties of different CT-lines. In 2017 CropTailor, as first in the world, sequenced the entire oat genome and collaboration with ScanOats a high-quality assembly of the genome was created.
In 2021 Lantmännen acquired an even larger part of CropTailor’s stocks and Alf Ceplitis, group leader of Lantmännen’s population improvement program and board member of CropTailor, became the CEO of CropTailor. In 2022 CropTailor had it's first oat variety added to the Swedish variety list, this year Lantmännen acquired the remaining stocks of CropTailor and now has a 100% ownership.