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Biotechnology - Pipeline

Agricultural Biotechnology can meet the growing demand for food

Syngenta Biotech Crop Pipeline

Syngenta is a global leader in agriculture and is committed to developing safe and effective crop products based on innovative research and technology. Researchers at Syngenta and its partners use a combination of technologies - genetic modification, as well as conventional breeding, and marker assisted breeding to develop plants that could further increase yields, make industrial processes cleaner and more efficient, offer better nutrition, provide healthier food for consumers and create improved industrial processes. The result is a broad commercial portfolio and an expanding pipeline for both established and emerging areas of business.

Syngenta develops new Seeds products through plant breeding technologies

The richness and diversity of our germplasm resources, combined with molecular breeding, has accelerated the rate of innovation in Seeds.

In Field Crops, Research and Development focuses on growers' primary aim: higher quality yield. Raising the essential nutritional components, starch, oil or protein further improves value for food and feed, and increasingly biofuel applications. Marker-assisted breeding is helping to increase disease resistance, enhance cooking, baking and brewing quality for processors and consumers. It is also used to improve plants' agronomic properties such as size and germination.

In Vegetable Seeds, Syngenta develops new products to provide consumers with consistent high quality, improved appearance, taste and texture. Powerful analytical science has been expanding knowledge of taste, flavor and nutrition. Combined with advanced breeding technology, this is accelerating the introduction of novel varieties.

In Flowers, Syngenta breeding programs offer gardeners and consumers an exciting flow of richer, more vibrant colors, better flowering and longer visual attraction, as well as providing growers and retailers with ever improving convenience.

For customers, this means a greater choice of improved crop varieties and hybrids, with hundreds of new Seeds products launched each year.

Biotech input traits enhance the germplasm porfolio

Input traits, which control crop pests and provide herbicide tolerance, continue to gain importance, especially in corn and soybeans in the USA and Latin America. Syngenta now offers corn resistance to leaf and soil insects and is on track to deliver a full suite of stacked traits in corn, building on the quality and breadth of its germplasm from the combination of GARST®, GOLDEN HARVEST® and NK®.

Biotech output traits add value for customers and consumers

While input traits such as insect resistance provide important benefits for the grower, output traits add value for processors and ultimately consumers.

A major use of corn is for animal feed, and more recently for ethanol production. Traits that bring benefits in these applications are expected to provide new value creation in the future. Syngenta has products in development in both areas.

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R&D Goa: the right environment for innovation

Syngenta opened a new purpose-built R&D facility in Goa, India, in 2007. Many of the employees at the new site were recruited from the local region. As an R&D center it is important that the working environment at the facility encourages innovation. With this goal in mind, more than 4,600 saplings were planted to help make the site an attractive and stimulating place to work. Employees at the site teamed up with members of the local community to plant the saplings and tend the growing trees. The lush habitat created by the trees has attracted more than 40 species of migratory birds.