Biotech Updates

Scientists Aim to Develop Crops that Require Less Labor

April 12, 2017

Researchers of Monsanto Vegetables are conducting studies to develop crops that would help increase yield with less labor using modern biotechnology. This is to address the shortage of workers faced by many farmers around the world.

"Some of it is having better agronomic traits, things like disease-resistances that allow for better management of crops, but others are making sure we have very uniform maturities so it reduces the time it takes to harvest. Even plant architecture—we have products that have a raised head broccoli that allows for a more efficient harvest or even an automated or mechanical harvest," said John Purcell, Global R&D Lead for Monsanto Vegetables.

Know more from his interview with Brownfield.