Biotech Industry News
Twenty years ago the idea of 90-plus percent of the U.S. soybean and corn crops containing biotech content was just a pipe dream of a few technologists, yet today the industry has progressed that far. Based on what researchers are learning about plant and animal genomics, work in RNA interference and other key technologies, biotech today is clearly only at the beginning of a whole range of breakthroughs.
Where is this technology going? What are the opportunities and challenges ahead to progressing from where the industry is today to a new biotech-based culture that could change everything, from how you raise crops to the livestock you produce? A panel of experts got together recently in St. Louis and discussed just those issues. The panel, called “A New Paradigm for Biotech in Ag, ” was part of the 2014 Ag Innovation Showcase hosted jointly by the Larta Institute, the Bio-Research & Development Growth Park and the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center. We’ve transcribed the event and share some of that here.
Sara Olson, research analyst with Agro Innovation-Lux Research Inc., moderated the panel and sums it up as follows.
“Biologicals represent the future of crop protection, ” Olson says. “From tank-mixed biopesticides that look and feel like chemical synthetics to growth-enhancing microbial soil amendments, biological crop protection will enable farmers to protect their crops from more stressors, and for cheaper, than conventional synthetics. Gone are the days of the snake-oil salesmen; today’s biologicals developers are bringing innovative, powerful solutions to market.”
Knowing where this technology is headed can give you a leg up on long-term planning for your business. The tools you rely on today for weed control or crop yield will keep changing as everyone works to feed the 9 billion by 2050. Panelists are introduced here with their thoughts on this increasingly hot topic.
- Introduction: Sharon Berberich, head of U.S. operations, Kaiima Bio-Agritech Ltd.
- Moderator: Sara Olson, research analyst, Lux Research, an independent research organization specializing in agriculture, and physical and life sciences
- Pam Marrone, CEO and founder, Marrone Bio Innovations
- Kelly Smith, director of microbials development, AgBiome
- Douglas Ry Wagner, CEO and president, Agrinos
- Marcus Meadows-Smith, CEO, BioConsortia Inc.
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