What is Biotechnology?

Biotechnology, or genetic engineering, is the process of using living organisms to improve qualities of a plant by such as the plant’s ability to protect itself against damage or improving upon its ability to grow and produce. Plant biotechnology allows for the transfer of a greater variety of genetic information in a more precise, controlled manner. It allows for the transfer of one, or a few genes that can introduce traits such as better insect and weed control.

Biotechnology at Monsanto

Biotechnology is just one component of Monsanto’s three-pronged approach to delivering increased yields sustainably. Farmers are faced with a lot of challenges, and that’s why we’re developing a number of product advancements within our biotechnology pipeline.  We have exciting biotechnology traits in development, from second and third generation agronomic insect and weed control trait technologies to new yield and stress traits, as we continue to look for innovations in biotechnology that can create value for farmers.

In the beginning, Monsanto utilized biotechnology to protect the plant against harmful insects and weeds that significantly lower a crop’s productivity.  These products are still being advanced today through a wide variety of pest and weed control options that have the potential to produce a durable and productive crop.

Higher-yielding corn and drought tolerant cotton are two examples of products in development that aim to deliver on Monsanto’s commitment to offer farmer’s seed and trait options that increase productivity while conserving resources like water, land and nitrogen.