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Agricultural Biotechnology

Agricultural Biotechnology is the use of biotechnology to improve agricultural components, such as soil and plants, and enhance and develop animals for agricultural use. It also provides cheaper and more effective tools for farmers to improve their farming experience and outcomes.


Environmental factors cause damage to animals, plants, and seeds, thus impacting farmers and their farming experience and consumers. Through biotechnology, and more specifically through understanding the DNA, scientists developed solutions to:


Increase agricultural productivity


Enhance breeder’s ability to improve crops and livestock


Enable improvements for species’ lives


Better outcomes for consumers


Benefits of Agricultural Biotechnology 

Better yield and harvest regardless of weather conditions

Makes both insect pest control and weed management safer and easier

More profit by inventing new efficient and effective  tools

Protect Crops from devasting diseases

As biotechnology evolves and scientists find new ways to explore its respective fields, its benefits abound. More specifically, agricultural biotechnology helps the environment in a number of ways. Because food is an important resource for survival, improving the source of food is a major outcome of agricultural biotechnology.


First, agricultural biotechnology helps with increasing crop productivity by introducing qualities such as disease resistance and increased drought tolerance to the crops. Also, researchers can select genes for disease resistance from other species and transfer them to crops.


Crop protection is another important benefit, as agricultural biotechnology supports researchers and engineers in developing tools and solutions to that end. For example, cost-effective pest management solutions could be developed for crops such as corn, cotton, potatoes, and other vegetables and fruits.


This can be accomplished through merging agricultural biotechnology with genetic engineering to understand and make proteins that kill certain insects when they feed on the plants. Such solutions not only improve crops but also the productivity and experience of farmers.


Among the ways agricultural biotechnology benefits consumers is through enhancing the nutrition value of products. Monitoring nutrition value and data is becoming the norm for recent generations. People care about the food they eat, and some watch their diet to become fit and healthy. There are solutions in this field that can give food better value, flavor, and texture. In current trials of improving flavors, scientists are working on increasing the activity of plant enzymes that transform aroma precursors into flavoring substances.For fresher goods, genetic engineering plays an important role to prevent damages and loss of nutrients.

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