By Ingrid Fung, Associate, Agriculture Technologies
The agricultural sector stands to benefit greatly from synthetic biology tools commercialized in the years to come. After all synthetic biology has the potential to create more nutritious, easier to store food, animals/crops that are hardier against disease, and reduce the cost of crop inputs. It can also help us keep up with rapidly changing growing conditions, ensure food security, and reduce food waste. While the tools in this field are not yet able to deliver on the promise, we’re getting pretty darn close! The next couple of years will be an exciting time in the synthetic biology field, so keep a close eye on the start-ups in this intersection of engineering, computer science, and biology!