Crop biotech involves next-generation developments in crop production, such as transgenesis (genetically modifying seeds), genome editing and silencing techniques (including CRISPR, TALENs, and ZFNs), synthetic biology methods, and selective breeding approaches to improve seed and crop traits. The industry also looks at the biological treatments offered to enhance seed performance—for instance by increasing disease resistance—improve quality, and, in turn, increase crop yield. These methods promise to improve crop productivity in a more sustainable and faster manner than traditional breeding techniques.
Developments in molecular biology and genetic engineering propel this industry’s evolution. Shrinking agricultural land, alongside population growth and rising demand for sustainably produced and chemical-free food, are fuelling crop biotech’s growth.
Note: Currently, we do not actively cover this industry, but we have identified it as a potential industry to cover.
Farmer's Business Network, Inc. is an independent agricultural tech and commerce platform and farmer-to-farmer network that helps its members make confident decisions to ensure the economic viability of their farms and work toward a sustainable future. FBN is an advocate for family farmers and ranchers, and does whatever it takes to help farmers become more prosperous - whether it's through data science-driven agronomic insights about their fields, providing farm inputs through its e-commerce store, helping farmers sell their crop more intelligently and independently, or providing them with health or crop insurance. FBN arms farmers with the tools they need to make the best decisions for their business, their families and the planet. FBN members farm more than 80 million acres in the U.S., Canada and Australia. The company has over 800 personnel and offices in San Carlos, CA., Chicago, Ill., Sioux Falls, S.D., a Canadian headquarters in High River, Alberta, and an Australian headquarters in Perth.
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