Biotechnology opens up exciting new possibilities for the unique challenges food producers face today and will confront tomorrow. As our population grows, the need is greater than ever to increase the amount of food we grow while reducing our footprint on the planet. At DuPont, we look both to our community of researchers and scientists across the globe and to nature itself for clues on how best to unlock potential for meeting the world's demand for food, feed, fuel and materials, while helping the environment by reducing our dependence on non-renewable resources.
Plant biotechnology combines science and biology to develop plants that have a new trait or characteristic that the plant needs, but would not otherwise have. In layman’s terms, that means taking a good or helpful quality, like disease resistance and transferring it into the genetic makeup of a crop that is susceptible to that disease. By doing so, we are able to help protect those crops from weeds, insects, disease and extreme weather while also protecting the environment, biodiversity and human health.
Using plant biotechnology allows us to help crops do all kinds of things they couldn't do before, like grow with less water, fight pests at the genetic level and tolerate herbicides so farmers can better control weeds.
Interested in learning more about how plant biotechnology works? Watch the story of how plant biotechnology helped save the Hawaiian Rainbow Papaya.
Visit our Why Biotechnology page to explore the various ways plant biotechnology solutions are delivering more affordable, efficient and environmentally sustainable solutions to farms, tables, homes and the world.