Breeding in plants and animals

Breeding in plants and animals

We believe that enhancing natural selection (breeding) is a critical component required for the continuous improvement of agricultural production systems. 

Our experience tells us that breeding programmes centered on the health and productivity of plants and livestock are a critical component in improving efficiency in food production. Increasing sophistication in genetic analysis is already helping to accelerate the efficacy of breeding programmes; and species where genetic progress has historically lagged – beef, fish and sheep for example – will present new opportunities.

Examples of our investments consistent with this theme:

Benchmark Cogent


In the last 10 years the cost to sequence a human genome has fallen by 99%