At the NC Research Campus, Monsanto, a multinational agricultural biotechnology company, is conducting research to improve the flavor, taste, aroma and nutritional properties of its fruits and vegetables.
Monsanto scientists at the NCRC, as a part of the company’s fruit and vegetable seeds division, are investigating specific traits of peppers and melons and are expanding their research to include tomatoes. Located in the David H. Murdock Core Laboratory Building, Monsanto’s 9,000 square-foot wet lab and office suite gives them access to the analytical capabilities of the David H. Murdock Research Institute.
Monsanto has a long-standing collaborative relationship with NC State University, one of the eight universities at the NCRC. The company gifted a cabbage germplasm collection to the NCSU’s Plants for Human Health Institute (PHHI) at the NCRC, which includes material from the US, Europe and Japan and samples of blue-green to green varieties and red and Savoy cabbages. The collection could help PHHI researchers unlock traits to help develop cabbage varieties resist to diseases like black rot and Fusarium yellows.
Monsanto is a Fortune 100 company and a flagship corporate tenant at NCRC’s 350-acre, life science campus.