Farm Sense: Biohacking Revolution

June 12, 2018 07:41 PM
Biohacks are changing agriculture as we know it.

Everyday science makes new and incredible strides in the world of biotechnology and its ability to influence plant biology.  These discoveries will help protect our plants, the farmers that grow them and the industries that rely on them from things like diseases, drought or floods. 

That research is already underway and new discoveries are being made thanks to new tools and new meta-analysis. From using spinach proteins grown by a host-virus to protect orange trees from citrus greening to using CRISPR/Cas9 find genes that regulate disease resistance in cacao trees, to finding new corn traits for photosynthetic efficiencies that lead to higher yields, the biohacking future is now. 

"Through new tools like genome editing can begin to harness the natural genetic potential of plants in ways that we really couldn't have imagined a decade ago," said Benson Hill Biosystems President and CEO Mathew Crisp. "I think over the next five to 10 years, we're going to see enormous strides in employing those tools to create more choice, more profitability, ultimately, both at the grower level but also for consumers."

Listen to more about this fascinating future on the Farm Sense Podcast with AgDay host Clinton Griffiths.

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