Seed World

Syngenta Wins 2015 INFORMS Franz Edelman Award

The Syngenta “Good Growth Through Advanced Analytics” program has won the 2015 INFORMS Franz Edelman Award for Achievement in Operations Research and the Management Sciences.
The Franz Edelman competition acknowledges significant contributions of analytics and operations research in the profit and non-profit sectors. Since its inception in 1972, cumulative dollar benefits from Edelman finalist projects have reached nearly $225 billion.
The “Good Growth Through Advanced Analytics” program is a Syngenta soybean breeding team initiative using advanced mathematics and new technologies to develop higher yielding soybean varieties. Through increased genetic gain, the program is improving soybean variety accuracy, selection intensity, genetic variation and generation time without using more land, water or inputs.
“Syngenta is committed to addressing the global food security challenge,” says Joseph Byrum, Syngenta global head soybean R&D. “Agricultural productivity must increase in order to feed a global population. It’s an honor for our team to be recognized with this award for our efforts to make crops more efficient.”
The award, now in its 44th year, is respected as the world’s most prestigious recognition for excellence in applying advanced analytics to benefit business and humanitarian outcomes. Edelman finalist teams have improved organizational efficiency, increased profits, brought better products to consumers, helped foster peace negotiations and saved lives.