Corteva Agriscience collaborates with Ginkgo Bioworks to bolster crop protection


Corteva Agriscience and Ginkgo Bioworks have entered into a multi-year agreement to apply the power of synthetic biology to design innovative crop protection technologies.

The collaboration combines Corteva's knowledge of natural product discovery and agricultural expertise with Ginkgo's cell engineering platform and DNA codebase to explore the next generation of naturally inspired sustainable solutions. Ultimately, this collaboration aims to provide farmers with new solutions to combat invasive pests and evolving resistance challenges.

"Sustainable food and agriculture systems are critical to the growing population," said Sam Eathington, senior vice president and chief technology officer, Corteva Agriscience. "As leaders in natural product development, we are committed to solving the challenges facing farmers sustainably through innovation. We are excited to collaborate with Ginkgo Bioworks to discover, optimize and scale groundbreaking, naturally-inspired crop protection solutions."
Companies across numerous industries use Ginkgo's cell programming platform to find better, more sustainable ways to create products, including food ingredients, fragrances, cosmetics, medicines and more. By enabling the design of organisms that can produce valuable biological products, Ginkgo helps accelerate the development of innovative, bio-based solutions to the world's most pressing environmental challenges.
"At Ginkgo, we fundamentally believe that biology is the best technology on the planet because it can move more rapidly and efficiently than traditional approaches with less impact on the environment," said Jason Kelly, chief executive officer of Ginkgo Bioworks, Inc. "Food loss is a significant issue impacting so many communities around the world, and we're excited to see what Ginkgo and Corteva can accomplish together to advance novel, environmentally sustainable, biological solutions to protect crops around the world."
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