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Monsanto’s Hugh Grant, Robb Fraley Named Among Scientific American Worldview 100

Robert Fraley

Monsanto’s Hugh Grant and Robb Fraley have been recognized by Scientific American as part of the Worldview 100 — “The Visionaries Who Continue to Reshape Biotechnology and the World.”
The 100 people selected for this list include visionary researchers, business experts, entrepreneurs and others. And as the population of Earth continues to increase, the work being done by Monsanto and others in the agriculture industry to develop sustainable solutions for farmers across the globe to help mitigate current and future on-farm challenges will become even more essential.
“The ability to identify and map every single gene in a plant, as well as create, screen and identify genetic combinations has literally changed how we breed crops,” says Fraley, Monsanto executive vice president and chief technology officer. “Today, we are seeing record rates of gains and yield in crops where these advanced breeding techniques have been applied and as technology costs have rapidly declined, their impact is now reaching native and orphan smaller crops.”
From new areas of research in agricultural biologicals to the intersection of data science and precision agriculture, “the seamless use of a variety of technologies – including biotechnology – will transform the future of agriculture,” says Grant, Monsanto chairman and chief executive officer.