Our surging population size and changing climate severely threaten future food security.
With the newfound ability to modify plant genomes easily and precisely with CRISPR-Cas enzymes, we have an unprecedented opportunity to improve agriculture. The IGI uses genome editing to create crops that are resistant to pests and diseases and less dependent upon chemical fertilizers. We will also produce more healthful and nutritious food. We are committed to ensuring that robust new crop varieties will be broadly available and benefit both the developed and developing worlds.