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Corteva Agriscience to Work with Tropic on Corn, Soybean Disease Resistance Traits

Tropic has announced a collaboration with Corteva Agriscience using Tropic’s GEiGS technology to develop disease resistance traits in corn and soybeans according to a release.  The project looks to increase agricultural sustainability and yields gene editing technology. 

The companies aim to help control disease threats that impact corn and soybean productivity and food security while still being environmentally sustainable. The collaboration will combine Corteva’s expertise with Tropic’s technology to improve plant performance while increasing disease resistance and reducing environmental impact.

“This collaboration represents a significant step forward in addressing the challenges faced by farmers in the battle against crop diseases,” said Gilad Gershon, CEO of Tropic. “Our GEiGS technology offers a precise and powerful solution to enhance resistance against pests, fungal and viral diseases, and together with Corteva, we are excited to be driving tangible, positive change in agriculture.”

The effort will work towards the development of effective and durable disease-resistance traits against a variety of pathogens. The GEiGS-mediated traits will be integrated into Corteva’s corn and soybean genetics. Benefits for farmers will include increased yield potential and a reduced environmental impact by using less traditional disease control methods.

“As a leader in ag innovation, Corteva is pleased to collaborate with leading start-up companies like Tropic,” said Tom Greene, senior director of external innovation investment at Corteva Agriscience. “We are excited to expand our world-class gene editing capabilities with Tropic’s GEiGS technology to develop a diverse set of product concepts across our corn and soybean portfolios. By combining our strengths, we are striving to empower farmers with more resilient and productive crops that will not only support their livelihoods but also contribute to a more sustainable future for food and agriculture production.”