Mon­santo launches R&D projects

Manila Bulletin - - Business News - By MADELAINE B. MIRAFLOR

Agri­cul­ture firm Mon­santo Com­pany has launched a stronger pipe­line of re­search and de­vel­op­ment (R&D) projects this year, which in­clude the im­ple­men­ta­tion of 49 new projects.

Mon­santo said 2017 will be a record year for its R&D pipe­line, with 14 projects ad­vanc­ing to launch and the first un­veil­ing for more than 35 projects in the Cli­mate pipe­line.

The com­pany’s in­dus­try-lead­ing pipe­line projects span across seeds, traits, crop pro­tec­tion and data sci­ence to sup­port grow­ers by mit­i­gat­ing chal­lenges posed by weeds, in­sects, diseases and en­vi­ron­men­tal shifts re­sult­ing from cli­mate change each sea­son.

“The role that agri­cul­ture plays in our daily lives has never been more crit­i­cal – in­clud­ing meet­ing the world’s grow­ing needs and driv­ing on-farm prac­tices that pre­serve bio­di­ver­sity and our nat­u­ral re­sources like soil and wa­ter,” said Robert Fra­ley, Ph.D., Mon­santo’s chief tech­nol­ogy of­fi­cer.

“Th­ese ad­vance­ments demon­strate how we’re de­liv­er­ing new ways that farm­ers can man­age the 40+ key de­ci­sions they must make through­out the grow­ing sea­son to en­able a suc­cess­ful har­vest," he added.

Mon­santo’s R&D plat­forms span sev­eral ar­eas of agri­cul­tural tech­nol­ogy: Data sci­ence, plant breed­ing, plant biotech­nol­ogy, crop pro­tec­tion, and ag­bi­o­log­i­cals Some of the R& projects are: •The BioAg Al­liance, a partnership be­tween Mon­santo and Novozymes that fo­cuses on mi­cro­bial so­lu­tions, con­tin­ues to grow the depth and breadth of its pipe­line. The Al­liance’s BioYield plat­form is an ex­am­ple of this growth through ex­pan­sion to new crops and de­vel­op­ment of next-gen­er­a­tion projects that are de­signed to help im­prove yield po­ten­tial by help­ing crops use nu­tri­ents in the soil more ef­fi­ciently.

•The Cli­mate Field­View™ plat­form al­lows farm­ers to col­lect and an­a­lyze field data from mul­ti­ple sources – in­clud­ing the soil, field and at­mos­phere – and pro­vides valu­able in­sights to help farm­ers get the most out of ev­ery acre. The plat­form con­tin­ues to evolve re­search ef­forts to de­velop new dig­i­tal tools, in­clud­ing in­sights that help farm­ers make more in­formed de­ci­sions about crop nutrition and fer­til­ity, as well as which seed and plant­ing ap­proaches will help en­able a more pro­duc­tive har­vest each year. The Cli­mate Field­View™ plat­form con­tin­ues to be the most widely adopted dig­i­tal ag plat­form in the in­dus­try.

•Higher-Yield­ing Corn, a fam­ily of corn plants with traits for in­creased yield po­ten­tial, is also ad­vanc­ing in the pipe­line. This project is part of the com­pany’s Yield & Stress re­search col­lab­o­ra­tion with BASF.

•Broad, in­te­grated so­lu­tions to ad­dress yield-lim­it­ing diseases.

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