New DNA sequencing technology from companies like Illumina
The discoveries could be a mixed bag for fertilizer producers such as Mosaic
While the discovery is exciting, what Monsanto really needs is two different, fully sequenced corn lines. Then it'll be able to combine the best traits from the two lines to create a "super-top-performing elite" line. And then it can sequence another and combine more traits to create a "fantastic super-top-performing elite" line. And so on, until it eventually runs out of adjectives.
All kidding aside, Monsanto has a goal of doubling yields from 2000 to 2030. With modern biotechnology, I have no doubt that its goal is attainable. The big question is whether it'll be able to beat rivals Syngenta