Plant Breeders Turn to The Seed Library for Genetic Resources

Jul 17, 2018 11:00 AM ET

The Seed Library

Plant varieties come from a diverse set of seeds. When plant breeders need genetic resources, where do they go? The Seed Library! Our breeders use seeds from thousands of different plants in order to create new varieties that will help farmers around the world. The seed library contains genetic resources accumulted over the years, so researchers can use them to create new plant hybrids. Many well known plants are a cross between something common and a plant that has an obscure trait, such as disease resistance. At Monsanto, we archive the plants used to ensure that future plant breeders have the resources they need for continued innovation and discovery.