Seeds Research & Development
Globally, Syngenta is the largest wheat breeder. Syngenta and the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) have entered into a public-private partnership to focus on the development and advancement of technology in wheat through joint research and development in the areas of native and GM traits, hybrid wheat and the combination of seeds and crop protection to accelerate plant yield performance. Wheat is the most internationally traded food crop and the single largest food import in developing countries. But wheat production is not keeping pace with the global demand for food. Public-private collaboration in research, such as this, are essential for advancing agriculture to meet global challenges such as food security, climate change, natural resource depletion, and access to technology. See the CIMMYT news release
The Syngenta AMS™ (Aphid Management System) is the industry’s first native soybean trait bred to resist yield loss by aphids. This trait, together with the Syngenta approach to trait stewardship results in a proactive, industry-leading aphid resistance management system, all season long that will keep lost revenue by aphid infestations to a minimum.
Syngenta has the depth of research to answer critical questions for crops – both today and tomorrow. The company is investing hundreds of millions of dollars in seed development and production to bring the latest technology to the field quickly.
Through extensive research and seed production across the North American Corn Belt, Hawaii, South America and Puerto Rico, Syngenta is developing as many as three generations for Canadian product advancements in a single year.
Corn and soybean crops are advancing from low-tech commodities to high-tech, high-value, high-demand products. Through science, Syngenta is helping growers increase productivity in corn and soybeans.
Syngenta is working with molecular stacks, native traits, transgenic traits and new modes of action in genes. Through genomics expertise, marker-assisted breeding and biotechnology resources, Syngenta is helping increase productivity to meet growing demands.
Genetics are the heart of every crop. Yield potential, maturity, standability, nutrient and moisture use, pest resistance, and other characteristics are built into crops through decades of plant breeding and development. Syngenta uses industry-leading germplasm and plant breeding expertise to bring the best products to the field.
Syngenta Seeds Canada soybean breeder Don McClure was recognized with the Canadian Seed Trade Association’s Canadian Plant Breeding and Genetics Award in 2009 at the Canadian Seed Trade Association Annual Conference. The award honours those who have made exceptional contributions to the development of plant breeding and genetics. Don has been a leading soybean plant breeder for more than 20 years. Read more
. Increased Corn Productivity
More Productivity: Expanding Potential of Seed Syngenta is helping increase crop productivity to meet all needs for food, feed and fuel. The Syngenta pipeline is filled with emerging technology to help customers increase yields and quality. Investments in genetics and “fast track” production allow more new products to be offered each year. Agrisure® corn traits
from Syngenta help control yield-robbing insects and diseases, and they offer technology choices, including stacked traits.
Full Canadian approval has now been granted for the new Agrisure Viptera™ trait, which protects yield, profit potential and grain quality from the Multi-Pest Complex™ of lepidopteran corn pests – cutworms, corn earworm and fall armyworm. The new trait solidifies the NK® Brand position as a leader in advanced corn trait technologies.
Corn Amylase, an output trait that will improve the efficiency of ethanol production, is currently being tested in ethanol plants as part of the Syngenta focus on renewable fuels. Syngenta is going beyond drought-resistant corn to introduce water optimization traits, which will reduce the amount of moisture needed to optimize yield and minimize yield loss in drought conditions, as well as reduce water use in average years. Research is in progress to identify genes for a trait that will increase corn efficiency in converting nitrogen to grain.Increased Soybean Productivity
More Productivity: A New Level of Yield Potential The industry is looking for high yield potential, strong performance and maximum profitability from soybeans. NK® Brand soybeans with the Roundup Ready® trait consistently deliver the highest yields in the industry with superior genetics and plant performance.
Our industry-leading disease portfolio includes varieties resistant to: Soybean cyst nematodes
Sudden death syndrome
Phytophthora root rot
Frogeye leaf spot
And more… Expansion of Traits
The Syngenta pipeline is filled with emerging technology to help increase yields and quality. During the next five years, Syngenta plans to launch a diverse portfolio of new native and transgenic traits to meet oil and protein needs in soybeans, including an output trait for oil quality. You also can look to Syngenta for aphid resistance, cyst nematode resistance and much more.
Syngenta research efforts in soybeans are focused on premium performance, and this investment has increased four-fold since 2004. Soybean breeding is based on both science and local knowledge to best fit local needs.