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Scientific advances are providing powerful new technologies to help in the quest to feed the world’s growing population.
By Ian Jepson, Ph.D., Head, Plant Performance Biology, Syngenta
Some of the most important work we do at Syngenta starts in our laboratories. It’s in these controlled environments where we oftentimes discover pieces of the puzzle that we’re continuously trying to solve: how to grow more from less. Given that farmers will need to feed another 2 billion people by midcentury, the challenge is daunting. But our 5,000 scientists around the globe are working tirelessly to help overcome it.
As a result, the engine of innovation at Syngenta is one of agriculture’s most productive. Over the past decade, we’ve brought new crop-protection chemistries, traits and genetics to market at an unprecedented pace. Equipped with more powerful tools in our toolbox, we’re delivering technologies that are helping growers manage many of today’s most destructive pests and environmental stresses. At the same time, we’re not only anticipating, but also proactively developing solutions for the next wave of threats.
Specifically in the plant biology area, we’re implementing complex scientific principles to make the consistent production of high-yielding crops more likely. As Syngenta scientists, we’re excited about harnessing critical methodologies—such as advanced molecular breeding, genetically modified traits, genome editing, double haploids and data analytics—to bring growers better seed options with greater efficiency and speed.
Of course, no success that we achieve in the field is possible without a foundation of enduring partnerships. Syngenta is bringing together growers, agribusinesses, food companies, industry groups and policymakers to help improve the sustainability of agriculture through our Good Growth Plan. And our collaboration with Ag Gateway promises to bridge the language barrier among different data systems on farms, making the collective output more understandable and usable for growers.
As a team, Syngenta scientists have never been more optimistic than we are today. That’s because our ability to convert breakthroughs in the lab into products that will benefit growers on their farms has never been stronger—or more possible, thanks to you. Every time you help us put the right seed or chemistry on the right acre, another piece of the puzzle falls into place, and, together, we move one step closer to giving growers the tools they’ll need to feed a more populous planet.