The latest addition to our research and development efforts is our agricultural biological platform, featuring BioDirect™ technology. Leveraging our genomics expertise, BioDirect technology uses molecules found in nature that we expect to develop for use in topically applied crop protection and other products. BioDirect technology may enable specific and effective products with a wide range of applications – including weed, insect and virus control.
What are agricultural biologicals?
Agricultural biologicals –often referred to as biopesticides – are typically topical or seed treatment products that are manufactured from, or contain natural materials. Biologicals are used to complement or replace agricultural chemical products and represent a growing market segment of roughly $1.7 billion in annual sales. Examples of agriculture biologicals include but are not limited to microbial pesticides such as Bt sprays.
Why is Monsanto getting involved in agricultural biologicals?
We are committed to supporting farmer and consumer demand for sustainable agricultural practices. BioDirect technology uses molecules found in nature which are common components of the food we eat and our environment. While we’re just beginning to explore this technology we have the potential to enable specific and effective products with a wide range of applications – including weed, insect and virus control. We believe this topical alternative is expected to provide pest control products that will expand farmers’ choices.