Corteva Agriscience building new Biologicals portfolio

Corteva Agriscience, a leading pure-play agriculture company, and M2i, a leader in the field of pheromones for biological crop protection, have announced a multi-year global agreement for the research, development and global commercialisation of pheromone-based insect control solutions.

The two companies will collaborate closely to bring to market M2i’s expansive portfolio of semiochemicals, which include pheromone-based products, for specialty and row crops. Combining technologies from Corteva and M2i, they also will develop novel solutions to help farmers control crop pests and extend the life of plant-based insect-control traits.

“Corteva Agriscience is committed to providing farmers with a range of choices for controlling pests, including products derived from natural origins,” said Susanne Wasson, President, Crop Protection Business Platform, Corteva Agriscience. “We’re excited to be working with M2i and their unique bio-degradable delivery mechanisms and formulations to develop new options for farmers.

“Within six short years, M2i has achieved leadership in pheromone insecticide solutions as the cornerstone of the transition to more ecologically friendly, sustainable production agriculture, and has become the world reference in this sector. We are pleased to cooperate with a leader such as Corteva Agriscience, as we contribute to its expansion into biocontrols. We are convinced that the conversion towards a sustainable agriculture will be made in close cooperation with farmers, thanks to the help of expert groups such as Corteva,” declared Philippe Guerret, CEO and Chairman of M2i.

These are the first collaboration agreements for Corteva’s newly created global Biologicals portfolio, which is dedicated to developing resources for farmers using foliar and soil applied biological controls, nutrition use efficiency and bio-stimulants, soil health and bio-fertilizers. Pheromones provide highly effective insect control by trapping or disrupting mating behaviors of the targeted pest. This target-specific approach provides a viable solution for integrated management against crop pests.

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