UBS Interview with Adrian Percy
In its recent research report The Food Revolution, UBS research interviews Adrian Percy. In the report, Adrian highlights portfolio companies Biolumic and Hi Fidelity Genetics, pages 46-47:
What kind of investment opportunities are there in agritech?
We need to completely transform our agricultural and food production systems to ensure food security for all, meet evolving consumer demands, and conserve our planet’s precious resources for generations to come. There are numerous new exciting technologies that can be applied to raising agricultural productivity, safeguarding environmental health, and satisfying evolving consumer preferences.
For instance, bringing effective new technology to growers to replace, complement, or simply increase the efficiency of existing crop-protection methods offers major opportunities. They include bio-solutions with improved environmental safety and completely new approaches that improve yield and increase natural plant resistance to disease and pests, such as the UV technology being developed by BioLumic.
I am also excited about advanced breeding tools, such as those being developed by Hi Fidelity Genetics. The application of computational breeding approaches can help identify new agronomic and quality traits in a much more precise manner. It speeds up the work of plant breeders and creates more efficient seed varieties that benefit growers and consumers alike. All of these technologies can be applied more effectively and efficiently on the farm through the use of better above- and below-ground sensors, application tools, and enabling digital platforms.