August 24, 2018

Meet the Team: Jonatan Montpetit

Meet Jonatan Montpetit- avid outdoorsman, vintage watch collector, and Plant Physiologist at Terramera. Jonatan is seriously passionate about sustainable agriculture, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Agronomy, Master’s in Phytopathology, and finishing a PhD in Molecular Biology, studying the phosphate uptake of plants. “I spent a lot of time at university,” he laughs.

"The job that I’m doing here really matches all of my values and everything I wanted to do.”

He finally left academia to put his extensive knowledge to work at Terramera. “When I met our CSO Annett, it just fit. The job that I’m doing here really matches all of my values and everything I wanted to do.” He works to identify compounds that can enhance the health of crops, enabling them to withstand biotic and abiotic stresses like drought, heat, insects and plant pathogens, and he loves it. “My parents always told me that if you love your job you’ll never work a day in your life, and that’s true for me. I discover new things every day and have a lot of scientific freedom given to me.”

The discoveries made by Jonatan and the team will utilize the natural physiology of plants to improve their defense against pests, reducing the need for chemical treatments and contributing directly to Terramera’s ten-year goals, as well as his own. “I want to impact the world in a positive way. I want to know I did what I could, and I believe we are working on a very important issue here.”

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