Novozymes, Syngenta increase phosphate solubilization in soil

Novozymes, Syngenta to increase phosphate solubilization in soil

4:00 AM, 26th April 2012
Novozymes, Syngenta to increase phosphate solubilization in soil
Thomas Videbaek, Executive Vice President, Novozymes.

BAGSVAERD, DENMARK/WILMINGTON, US: Novozymes and Syngenta announced a global agreement under which Syngenta will work with Novozymes to commercialize JumpStart technology, a seed-applied biological technology that increases phosphate solubilization in the soil. The two companies will jointly develop the market for JumpStart in combination with Syngenta’s Seed Care portfolio on arable crops, including cereals and corn. The agreement extends the geographical potential of JumpStart, currently sold mainly in North America, to the rest of the world.

JumpStart is based on a unique fungus, Penicillium bilaii, which increases phosphate solubilization for uptake into the plant through the root system. The market potential for seed-applied technologies that increase phosphate use efficiency is estimated at over $100 million. “Partnering with Syngenta supports Novozymes’ strategic goal to provide the world with natural and biological solutions to help farmers worldwide increase their yields to feed the world’s growing population,” said Thomas Videbaek, Executive Vice President, Novozymes.

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