Benson Hill and Embrapa partner to accelerate Brazil’s crop performance


In Missouri and Brazil, Benson Hill Biosystems and Embrapa partnered to accelerate crop performance programs with cutting edge genome editing capabilities.

“Brazil represents 20 percent of the natural diversity on the planet.  Embrapa has developed the largest seed gene bank in Brazil and one of the largest gene banks in the world,” said Matthew Crisp, CEO and co-founder of Benson Hill Biosystems. “Our team is eager to engage with Embrapa scientists and help to further leverage and preserve the power of plant genetic diversity to improve crop production.”

“Genome editing is a breakthrough advancement to improve the traditional process of plant breeding with greater speed and precision than previously possible,” said Alexandre Nepomuceno, Embrapa´s Researcher. “Benson Hill’s technical expertise and portfolio of CRISPR 2.0 and 3.0 genome editing nucleases will equip our scientists with the most advanced technologies in plant genetics to enhance our existing program and accelerate crop improvement.”