​​Synthetic Biology: Changing the way you grow your food!

  • The problem is not so much about a lack of food production than it is about a lack of efficiency in agri-food systems across the board.
  • Using advanced techniques in genetic engineering, systems biology and bioengineering, synthetic biology is creating advanced microbial and genetic solutions to improve nutrient-use efficiencies, develop stress-resistant crop varieties and improve the nutrient content and shelf life of crops.
  • Big data, too, is playing a crucial role in the field by enabling the analysis of large data sets related to crop genomic sequences, epigenomics and phenotypes.
  • More than $900 million (venture capital) was invested into agri-inputs startups in 2021.
  • Synthetic biology in India is in its nascent stages. However, there is immense potential for its use in the agri-food sector in the country.
  • Apart from a few products that have seen the light of the day, synthetic biology products have a long way to go before they are accepted in the market. Challenges include generation of large scale field trial data, growth capital and lack of clarity in the regulations.
  • Low nutrient-use efficiency, (plants only consume 50–70% of the nitrogen supplied)
  • Low tolerance to abiotic stresses like heat, cold, drought, and
  • Inadequate quality attributes like nutritional content, appearance, and shelf-life.
Microbial Population in Soil
Synthetic Biology in Agri-Inputs Major Investments
Agri-inputs synthetic biology regulations around the world

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