Monsanto completes expansion of California seed research facility

15 August 2013 17:47  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Monsanto has completed its $31m (€23m) expansion at its Woodland, California, vegetable seed research headquarters, the agribusiness titan said Thursday.

Now the largest vegetable seed research and health testing facility, company officials said the expansion includes building a laboratory and office spaces. It will now be the location for Monsanto’s primary site for molecular breeding of vegetable seeds.

Monsanto said that although traditional breeding operations remain a core focus of the company, the expanded facility will allow further advancements in pinpointing desired traits in vegetable crops, such as improved taste and color.

Company officials said one addition to the facility is a seed chipper, created by Monsanto engineers, which enables breeders to better understand and estimate characteristics of a plant before it is planted by analysing parts of the seed.

($1 = €0.75)

By: Mark Milam
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