Corteva Agriscience

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Corteva Agriscience is a publicly traded, global pure-play agriculture company that provides farmers around the world with the most complete portfolio in the industry – including a balanced and diverse mix of seed, crop protection and digital solutions focused on maximizing productivity to enhance yield and profitability. With some of the most recognized brands in agriculture and an industry-leading product and technology pipeline well positioned to drive growth, the company is committed to working with stakeholders throughout the food system as it fulfills its promise to enrich the lives of those who produce and those who consume, ensuring progress for generations to come. Corteva Agriscience became an independent public company on June 1, 2019, and was previously the Agriculture Division of DowDuPont. 

  • Dr. Frank Röber

Corteva has extensive and world-class capability in plant transformation and genome editing. We have developed novel technologies, such as the use of morphogenic genes (Lowe et al, 2016, 2018), vectors (Anand et al., 2018) and Ochrobactrum- mediated transformation (Anand et al., 2017) and have highly skilled personnel with deep tissue culture knowledge and expertise. Corteva will closely work with the technology center in Seville and the sunflower breeding team to ensure fast implementation gene editing approaches to elite sunflower germplasm.

Relevant Expertise

Due to the importance of sunflower to European farmers, and representing a key oil source for European but also global consumers, Corteva is engaged since many years in breeding innovative seed solutions for this key crop. Corteva is for many decades a leader in sunflower breeding providing continuously improved superior hybrids to the European market having excellent yield potential but especially high yield stability due to drought tolerance and significantly improved disease resistance to many biotic stress factors.

Corteva’s sunflower breeding team and breeding center’s have a long tradition and expertise in sunflower germplasm evaluation which is needed to compare photosynthetic improved sunflower germplasm with currently available elite germplasm. Corteva agrisciences additionally has the market access to successfully introduce improved, gene-edited sunflower elite lines and hybrids to ensure broad implementation of research results from GAIN4CROPS to European farmers strengthening their competitiveness.