The science behind the second generation of agricultural biotechnology, which is focused on improved plant traits, is far more complex than that behind the first generation of agbio products that were focused on insect- and disease-resistance and herbicide tolerance.

The competition to develop this second generation is in its early days, as is the application of genomics to agbio. As a result, it isn't too late for newcomers to the game - companies that missed the first generation of products - to get a seat at the table.