Agricultural biotech

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A Monsanto biologist takes tissue samples from genetically modified corn plants.

Prolonged droughts and frosts ruin regular crops. That means extra business for companies that protect agriculture.

Monsanto (MON) makes genetically-modified seeds that can better withstand lack of water or fierce weather. Chemical company BASF makes fungicides and seed coating for more resilient plants. This isn't for the Whole Foods, organic-only crowd. Think survivalist sci-fi.

First published January 16, 2015: 1:00 PM ET