SESACO is the premier genetic developer, processor, and marketer of U.S. grown sesame. SESACO has used traditional breeding to develop the only non-dehiscent (ND) sesame varieties in the world (U.S. patent number 6,100,452). ND sesame changes the way sesame has been cultivated and harvested for 7,500 years.
Even today, 99% of the sesame grown in the world is still harvested manually because traditional sesame capsules shatter during the drying stage before harvest. SESACO ND varieties mature and dry standing in the field and then are harvested direct from standing plants. Traditional sesame with known traits such as drought, heat, insect, and disease tolerance is now completely mechanized by the ND genes. In 2008, SESACO released the first Improved Non-Dehiscent (IND) varieties (U.S. patent number 8,080,707).