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Crop Protection DSM and Syngenta Searching for Biological Solutions

Editor: Manja Wühr

DSM and Syngenta become partners to develop microbial-based agricultural solutions, including bio-controls, bio-pesticides and bio-stimulants. Read here which expertise each company will contribute to this R&D partnership.

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DSM and Syngenta would jointly work on microbial-based agricultural solutions, including bio-controls, bio-pesticides and bio-stimulants.
DSM and Syngenta would jointly work on microbial-based agricultural solutions, including bio-controls, bio-pesticides and bio-stimulants.
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Heerlen/The Netherlands, Basel/Switzerland – DSM and Syngenta estimate that over the next decade, use of biological solutions is set to record double-digit growth and by 2030 could represent up to 10 percent of the global crop protection market. To benefit from this growth has entered into a R&D partnership to develop microbial-based agricultural solutions, including bio-controls, bio-pesticides and bio-stimulants. The companies aim to jointly commercialize solutions from their discovery platform.

The collaboration aims to accelerate the delivery of a broad spectrum of products based on naturally occurring micro-organisms for pre- and post-harvest application around the world. These organisms can protect crops from pests and diseases, combat resistance and enhance plant productivity and fertility.

Biological Crop Protection: Acceleration of the development

DSM will contribute its unique microbial database, discovery platform and decades of experience in scaling and manufacturing of microbial products. Syngenta will complement this with its specialized know-how in agronomic applications and plant biotechnology, as well as its global market access and commercial strength. Syngenta will also provide a dedicated R&D program for the selection of relevant micro-organisms.

Rob van Leen, Chief Innovation Officer of DSM, said: “Our society asks for sustainable solutions to safeguard food and nutrition security. With DSM’s bright science in the micro-organism field, we can help address this global challenge together with Syngenta and its specialized know-how and market access. We look forward to using our long-standing experience and leading competence in bio (process) technology to accelerate the development of biological solutions for agriculture.”

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