Benson Hill is developing seed that can be grown, processed, and marketed as higher quality food ingredients. In order to get each part of the process to benefit from each other, they’ve built a data operating system, called CropOS. Through this platform, they’re able to connect genetics in the lab to growing conditions in the field to quality traits from not just the harvest, but the processed ingredient as well. Matt Crisp is the CEO of Benson Hill.
Crisp… “How do you link the genetics or genomics of the plant to the texturization properties? To how does it emulsify? How does it hold water? You know there's a lot of very important attributes that come from our food science organization that very much help inform the breeding operation. CropOS just sits at the center of that, really. And if you can think about an octopus with all the arms and all the workstreams and workflows. It is indeed putting these data into more actionable outcomes. And then it helps also enable our scientists, our breeders, our technicians with the work streams themselves.”
Benson Hill believes that this operating system will help them speed up the time it take to develop new varieties to around four years, compared to over a decade with conventional techniques.