During the period from September 14 to 18, it was held in Puerto Rico the Twelfth Annual Biosciences Week. According to the Puerto Rico Bioscience Alliance website, Bioscience Week is a series of events with the objective “of spreading the word on the benefits of biotechnology and how it impacts all of us on our everyday life”[1]. Like last year, Monsanto Puerto Rico has joined this celebration by participating in various activities aimed at introducing high school and college students of our island to the principles and benefits of agricultural biotechnology.

On September 16, Rodrigo Sala, Conversion Center Manager at the Monsanto Caribe Juana Díaz site, gave a lecture to a group of biology students from the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico, San Germán Campus. On September 17, Maritere Crespo, Research Associate, and Francisco Acevedo, Soy Crop Nursery Lead at Monsanto Caribe Isabela Site, made a presentation at the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences of the UPR Mayaguez Campus. Also, Miguel Pereira, Puerto Rico Community Affairs Manager, moderated a video conference with Kiru Pillay, Operations Lead at Monsanto South Africa, on the company’s efforts to develop seeds tolerant to drought conditions for the Water Efficient Maize for Africa (WEMA) program.

On September 18, Yadisha López, Seed Technician IV, and Frederick Ortiz, TFS Lead at Monsanto Caribe Juana Díaz site, served as hosts for a group of tenth grade students of the Aguas Buenas Vocational School, who take a course in Advanced Agriculture.

“All these efforts are part of our program of activities to fulfill our corporate social responsibility, and to educate the public about who we are and what we do to help adequately address the food needs of humanity,” shared Miguel Pereira.

[1] Source: Bioscience Week, Puerto Rico Bio Alliance. (2015, November 13). Retrieved from