Morrison & Foerster advised the Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research (FFAR) on its first Precision Indoor Plants (PIP) Consortium to prevent discoloration of indoor-grown lettuce, while increasing lettuce yield and leaf quality.
FFAR is providing a $2,591,231 grant for the project, and PIP partners AeroFarms, BASF, Benson Hill, Fluence by OSRAM, and GreenVenus provided matching funds, for a total investment of $4,792,131.
The Morrison & Foerster Food + Agriculture team advised FFAR on the formation of the PIP Consortium grant and helped negotiate the intellectual property licensing needed for the PIP partners to share research during the project.
As the first project of the PIP Consortium, the results of the project will have implications for other fruits and vegetables grown both indoors and outdoors. In addition, PIP partners are sharing their data and technology with each other, a collaboration that will guide future public‑private efforts necessary for similar large-scale agriculture research.
The Morrison & Foerster team advising FFAR is led by partner Michael Ward, with support from senior of counsel Otis Littlefield and associate Mai Phan Zymaris. Read more about the project in FFAR’s press release.