Pradip Das, director of crop analytics at Monsanto, oversees about 100 scientists in Creve Coeur plus teams in Iowa, South Africa, Argentina and Brazil.
Lysine also may improve the performance of yeast in fermenting fuel, Das
The best corn is used by Monsanto's
breeding group to produce seed.It is genetically modified with additional traits, such as insect resistance and herbicide tolerance, that will improve overall yield for farmers, Das
The seed is sold as "Processor Preferred," in competition with corn similarly developed by companies including DuPont's Pioneer Hi-Bred International Inc.
of Johnston, Iowa.Monsanto
equips ethanol producers with near-infrared scanners and computer software to analyze the grain and verify its high-starch composition; they pay a premium to growers.
"The results are real time.The seeds are already on the market," Das
group performs basic ethanol production at the lab bench to test theories.
...And some factories are starting to request certain types of corn or to pay a premium for more desirable corn, said Pradip Das, head of crop analytics at Monsanto.