Benson Hill, a leading edge food tech company in St. Louis, MO, announced that it is breaking ground on its 47,000 sq. ft. (4,366 sq. m.) Crop Accelerator. The Crop Accelerator includes a state-of-the-art controlled environment research facility which will feature 20,000 sq. ft. (1,858 sq. m) of dynamically adaptive Conviron growth houses and chambers, equipped with multi-channel LEDs, additive CO2, temperature, humidity and lighting controls. The Conviron plant growth chambers and rooms are all controlled and monitored by Conviron's sister company Argus Controls.
The innovative facility will enable plant breeding to develop varieties up to four years faster than traditional research facilities and is part of the company’s contribution to a more responsive food system that reconnects farmers and consumers in more sustainable ways. Benson Hill Press Release, 25/02/2021
The Crop Accelerator will allow rapid development of feed, food and ingredients - positioning farmers and food companies to grow and deliver products with the attributes consumers are looking for, including improved taste and nutrition.
About Benson Hill
Benson Hill maps findings of consumer sensory panels, food formulation testing and farmer fields all the way back to the plant genomic level using advanced data analytics techniques. This enables the company to unlock the genetic diversity within crops and develop ingredients that are better from the beginning, creating new dimensions for food science and a suite of new opportunities for product innovation and differentiation using fewer and simpler ingredients.
About Conviron & Argus
Conviron is the world’s leading designer and supplier of plant growth chambers and rooms. Conviron is part of the CEL Group of Companies and also includes Argus Controls, a leading supplier of advanced plant-centric environmental controls and automation systems used in greenhouse and indoor growing facilities. Together, Conviron and Argus provide technologies to our clients in the plant science research, commercial horticulture, and plant-derived pharmaceutical industries in over 90 countries around the world.
This press release was adapted from the original Benson Hill press release dated February 25, 2021.