Developing Real Value Through Innovation
• Are resistant to disease • Require fewer nutritional inputs • Improve shelf life for reducing food waste • Are consistent in fruit shape and size • Have better adaptability to environmental stresses • Provide improved post-harvest yield Because it’s just as important to meet consumer expectations, our seeds also deliver excellent taste, flavor, texture, and convenience, while maintaining sustainably standards.
1. Right quality, every time
Our dedicated and specialized seed teams, based in more than 100 countries, are committed to the pursuit of high-yielding, high-performing, best-in-class produce. From testing seed quality before it goes into bags to years of diligent breeding to find resistances and better yielding crops, Syngenta has the experts, the resources, and the ability to provide only the best products around the world.
For example, Syngenta is a leader in seed quality because of our expertise in seed health testing. For vegetables, the need for bacteria-, fungi-, and virus-free seed is critical. Syngenta tests every seed lot distributed to growers around the world at any one of its several state-of-the-art facilities. Enkhuizen, Netherlands; Hyderabad, India; and Nampa, Idaho, U.S.A. are the three largest vegetable seed quality testing labs for Syngenta.
Our global footprint, grower-minded innovations, and knowledge of stakeholder priorities throughout the value chain enable us to develop the perfect solutions and provide support throughout the season.
2. Genuine value in innovation
Feeding our changing world demands bold solutions, which is why we’ve become an innovation powerhouse, exploring how new approaches like genome editing, plant breeding, phenomics, and decision science can help you be more productive, profitable, and sustainable. We invest $150M in R&D every year and have thousands of scientists working in more than 200 R&D sites, 22 dedicated breeding centers, and more than 50 global trialing locations.
Our presence across every region allows us to test products and adapt our seed varieties for the environments where they’ll be grown, so we can be confident that we can meet your needs.
Syngenta was recently awarded the bronze Innovation Award at Fruit Logistica 2022 for the revolutionary iStem cauliflower. This innovative variety is edible from head to tip – including leaves! With this, growers can produce a differentiated product, consumers are supporting a more sustainable and tasty food system, and restaurants have a unique new option to offer their customers.
We evaluate around 750 varieties in our pre-commercial phase every year. Our commitment to development means we’re well placed to facilitate rapid introduction of new traits into market-leading varieties.
3. Growers at the heart of everything
We believe the future of agriculture doesn’t lie only in the field or research center. Both environments must seamlessly work together to holistically address the challenges facing the supply chain. Knowing what growers need is one reason we continue to invest in our breeding programs. As insect, disease, and other pest challenges continue to evolve, we want to help growers continue to be able to produce the best vegetables possible.
That’s why in spinach, for example, we’re breeding more resistances into the genetics, reducing the need for reactionary treatments in season. Breeders recently launched new varieties with resistance to Stemphylium with Peronospora to help spinach maintain high yield potential. Resistance research is ongoing in not only spinach, but other crops to meet grower needs for more resilient vegetables.
Growers are not just a part of our product development process, they’re central to it.
4. Making a real world difference
In partnership with growers like you, we’re working to transform how vegetables are grown, harvested, processed, shipped, marketed, and consumed around the globe in order to support a more sustainable world. This can be seen through our New Champion Cabbage line which has the ability to tolerate water stress conditions compared to other standard varieties. This reduces the need for irrigation and saves water. Additionally, our cucumbers are developed to remain in excellent condition without plastic wrap.