Dialogue, science, and innovation are at the very core of who we are and what we do in Monsanto. That is why we are proud to be part of two recent events among the local and international scientific community.
This year Monsanto sponsored the 2016 Puerto Rican Society of Agricultural Sciences (SOPCA) Scientific Meeting and Annual Assembly held at the Guateque Convention Center in Corozal. There, over 220 scientists and college students exhibited research work related to agricultural sciences, including our colleague Miguel A. García. Miguel gave an oral presentation on his graduate studies research titled “Native Fungi with Potential for Anthonomus Eugenii Cano Control in Puerto Rico.” Also participating of the event were our colleagues Alex Muñiz and Veronica Miranda, who served as a judge of poster-type presentations by college students.
Monsanto also participated in BIOLATAM 2016, a partnering event in the area of life sciences, aimed at facilitating relations between companies, investors, institutions and research centers in Latin America, North America and Europe. Our colleague Miguel Pereira moderated the panel “Food and agriculture research in Latin America”, which showcased some of the novel technologies and approaches that are currently being developed to grapple with issues such as changing climate, changing tastes of a growing population, and constantly shifting commodity markets.
Panelists Dr. Martha Giraldo, assistant professor at the University of Puerto Rico’s Corozal Agricultural Experimental Station, and Jorge Saludes, Director of International Area at AINIA, highlighted the current situation in Puerto Rico and Latin America, as well as novel technologies such as advanced breeding, biotechnology and CRISPR to address these challenges.