Agricultural Biotechnology Commitment

Plant Sciences researchers are tackling some of humanity's most pressing concerns. With the worldwide population expected to reach eight billion by 2025, and with malnourishment rate estimated at 20%, plant biotechnology researchers are poised to bring solutions to the food and fuel demands of a growing population living on limited arable land.

Life Technologies is committed to being a part of this revolution. Whether developing new products to solve the specialized challenges of plant sciences researchers methods and commercial production bottlenecks, working with plant researchers to validate many of our key technologies, or partnering with you to advance science, we are responding to the needs of plant sciences community.

Plant Sciences & Plant Biotechnology Focus Areas and Challenges

While the genomics revolution has expanded our understanding of plant biology considerably, the pace of discovery will continue to increase. Only now are we starting to fully appreciate the complexity of the challenges ahead, namely translating this knowledge into added value in agriculture biotechnology and other plant biotechnology applications such as biofuels and crop optimization. Not only are plant researchers dealing with a broad diversity of plant species, but the more rapid evolution of their genomes complicates the translation of molecular knowledge across species.

Life Technologies is at the forefront of genomics research with next-generation sequencing technologies that are changing today’s research methods in Plant Sciences. From Ion Torrent™ semiconductor sequencing to GeneArt® gene synthesis to TaqMan® assays for genotyping and copy number analysis, we have the widest selection of technologies to help address challenges like food production, land conservation, and protecting plant biodiversity and natural habitats.

Plant Biotechnology Tools

Plant science researchers are working to answer critical questions, including how to create crops that increase yields, grow in unfavorable conditions, and produce compounds of interest. However, the majority of commercially available molecular biology kits and reagents are not validated for specialized plant research workflow challenges like higher ploidy levels, cell structures that are difficult to manipulate, and organisms that can overcome scientists’ attempts to modify genetic material. Life Technologies is working to produce research products and platforms that overcome these unique challenges and unlock the mysteries of plant sciences.

  • Marker-Assisted Selection
    Most agronomical characteristics are quantitative, polygenic, and complex. Modern plant biotechnology tools like the ones offered by Life Technologies, were developed in combination with several marker systems to allow gene selection that controls traits of interest. Combined with traditional plant-breeding techniques, marker-assisted breeding has become a valuable tool in selecting plants for higher yield, nutrient composition, and fatty-acid profile.
  • Plant Genetic Engineering
    Many of the modern tools for molecular biology have been instrumental in the plant biotechnology field in the in the development of commercial genetically modified food crops such as corn, cotton, canola, and papaya among others. These tools are powering research in promising areas like biofuels and molecular farming. In combination with marker-assisting breeding, the possibilities of bringing new plant varieties of interest and to understand the underlying mechanism of cellular process are endless.
  • Sequencing Technologies
    High-throughput, next-generation sequencing instruments have dramatically accelerated the knowledge of complex plant genomes, reducing the cost as well. Data generation is no longer a limiting factor, and focusing on bioinformatics tools designed to accommodate the repetitive nature of many crop plants will move the current work to the detection of sequence variation and the association of this variation with important agronomic traits, with downstream applications for crop improvement.


Our Vision

Our vision for plant science research is to provide integrated platforms and tools to enable sequence-to-function plant analysis, and software solutions that allow scientists to design genetic tools to produce particular phenotypes or traits in silico. We envision a world where plants are sources for energy, plastics, biomaterials, drugs, therapeutic applications, and valuable chemicals—all produced in ways that sustain and honor our planet’s natural resources.