11 Jul

This article “Delivering Future Global Protein Needs with Livestock Production,” first appeared on the Animal AgTech Innovation Summit — Europe website on July 11, 2019.  Rapid global population growth and increasing demand from emerging countries for animal protein presents significant challenges to the livestock and dairy industries. Most significant is the need to meet this […]

Cows grazing 20 Dec

As reported by AgFunder, Dec.19, 2018: “Merck Acquires Digital Livestock Tech Antelliq for $2.4bn in Biggest Agtech Acquisition on Record” “US pharmaceutical company Merck has acquired digital livestock and animal health tech company Antelliq Group for €2.1 billion ($2.37 billion). Antelliq manufactures sensors for animals, including ear tags for dairy cows through a product called Allflex that can monitor […]

27 Sep

Unlike the agtech investment space, animal health has traditionally been a quieter and lonelier ecosystem. It has also been a historically underappreciated investment market. These days, the animal health market mirrors the ag market in consolidations and shake-ups — with the recent Elanco IPO, the acquisitions of firms like Merck Animal Health and Zoetis among others, and mergers like Merial and […]

11 Jun

Precision agriculture—the application of remote sensing technology and big-data analytics to sub-field crop management—has been praised as the coming revolution in agriculture since the early 1980s, when the military’s global positioning system (GPS) was made available for public use. It was widely believed that farmers could use new technologies to make life easier and produce […]

25 Apr

So far, we’ve been focused on introducing a specific genetic trait into our target tobacco plants. In our last report, we found that our target trait was successfully expressed in the plants. But separately, away from the gene gun and carefully tended tobacco plantlets, our project researchers have also been nurturing a batch of tobacco […]

28 Feb

  It starts small, with tiny plantlets growing from the vestiges of a bio-blasted leaf. But there’s big promise in those plantlets. The mere fact of their growth shows that the chloroplast has been transformed with the new DNA material. At this stage, the plantlets are nurtured and tended with care because we want to […]

19 Feb

Here’s an insider’s view on the important gene gun technology we’re using in our science advancement project on an RNAi-based biopesticide. [See Plant Transformation via biolistics.] The details come from Jeffrey Staub, Ph.D., a TechAccel science advancement program manager, with deep expertise with biolistic transformation via the gene gun. Jeff is also the founder, president […]

15 Feb

One of TechAccel’s science advancement projects, supporting a biopesticide trial with the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center and the start-up company Plastomics Inc., has researchers taking “target practice” in the lab delivering DNA into tobacco plants using a gene gun. The target practice is part of a research project, called “Danforth Biosprey,” led by Nigel […]