Benefits of biotechnology in Agriculture

There are many modern technology in agriculture that are already in place. They have helped significantly in terms of increasing production. Modern technology in agriculture that allow for faster harvesting of crops, such as a tractor. But they also have developed methods to protect the crops, aka different types of pesticides, many of which are untested long term on environmental effects. Since the beginning of the industrial age, many has made important strides towards increasing efficiency in production. These efforts that have been made mostly have dealt with increasing or boosting production while lowering production costs. This is where the robotic package machines and robotic machines have come from. They are vastly used in the industrial sector.

Biotechnology is the application of scientific techniques to modify and improve plants, animals, and microorganisms to enhance their value. Agricultural biotechnology is the area of biotechnology involving applications to agriculture. Agricultural biotechnology has been practiced for a long time, as people have sought to improve agriculturally important organisms by selection and breeding. Biotechnology has helped to increase crop productivity by introducing such qualities as disease resistance and increased drought tolerance to the crops. Now, researchers can select genes for disease resistance from other species and transfer them to important crops. For example, researchers from the University of Hawaii and Cornell University developed two varieties of papaya resistant to papaya ringspot virus by transferring one of the virus’ genes to papaya to create resistance in the plants. Seeds of the two varieties, named ‘SunUp’ and ‘Rainbow’, have been distributed under licensing agreements to papaya growers since 1998.
Further examples come from dry climates, where crops must use water as efficiently as possible. Genes from naturally drought-resistant plants can be used to increase drought tolerance in many crop varieties.

In this regard, we can say that technology in agriculture has greatly helped increase agricultural production.  In the modern times with the threat of global warming, there are many greenhouses, which have been put in place to ensure food security is not compromised.  In these green houses, the crops or agricultural products grow and are harvested at their optimal temperatures without external interferences. If you are planning on venturing in agriculture. Probably it is time that you learn about the latest technology in agriculture that you can consider.