Research & Development Pipeline

The 2016 Research and Development Pipeline Update

More than 20,000 Monsanto employees focus on delivering innovative and sustainable products to farmers around the world that help them to bring better harvests while using fewer inputs. These products get their start in our research and development pipeline, where our researchers look to bring the best seeds to farmers’ fields. Our robust pipeline spans more than a dozen crops and technologies in different phases of development. These products find a place in one of four areas of the pipeline—breeding, biotechnology, agronomics and new technology platforms.

As farmer needs evolve, so does our research and development pipeline. Today, we are focused on delivering systems of products that work together to address the challenges farmers face and maximize their ability to bring more balanced meals to consumers around the world.

Because the world population is expected to reach 9.6 billion people by 2050, farmers will need access to tools and technologies to help feed a growing population. Monsanto researchers are working on solutions for farmers that can have an impact in the near-term and long-term. Learn more about the solutions in this section.


Commercialization of pipeline projects is dependent on many factors including the successful conclusion of the regulatory process.