Corteva Agriscience has officially opened its Center for Seed Applied Technologies (CSAT) laboratory in Rosslyn, Pretoria, one of only six in the world. This modern facility will use state-of-the-art equipment and focus specifically on recipe development and safety testing of seed-applied solutions. The site will also be integrated into Corteva’s global CSAT network and is strategically positioned to meet the continued demands of grain growers across Africa and the Middle East (AME), ensuring farmers have access to high quality seed. and better performance in the field.
“This investment not only shows our commitment to regional agriculture and ongoing research and development, but it also demonstrates our ambition to effectively use advanced technology to help increase yields, improve livelihoods and ensure sustainable food security,” said Venkata Subbarao Kolli, President, Africa Middle East, Corteva Agriscience.
Seed treatment involves the application of chemical or biological substances, such as fungicides or insecticides, directly to the surface of a seed, protecting seeds and seedlings against insects, fungal diseases and soil pathogens . Seed treatments help improve seed and plant health, as well as germination rates; protect plants early on when they are most vulnerable to insects and disease; and increase the likelihood of a quality and improved harvest. The solutions also enable efficient and targeted use of active ingredients, reducing the total amount of pesticides needed, helping to preserve biodiversity and pollinators, and promote sustainable agriculture.
“This CSAT lab further strengthens the company’s offering in the seed production segment,” said Tony Esmeraldo, Commercial Director, South Africa, Corteva Agriscience. “We offer the most comprehensive set of solutions, including the development of the best hybrids, innovations in crop protection and now one of the most sophisticated seed treatment processes that farmers can have in their life. their disposal.”
Corteva’s evidence-based methodology combines science and ingenuity to develop and deliver advanced seed treatments that improve grower productivity and contribute to more efficient and resilient food systems. The company’s technical teams evaluate hundreds of products each year, looking for the right components and formulations to meet the needs of each farmer. Once products are developed, a rigorous research process is applied, focusing on specific aspects such as agronomy, safety and stewardship before solutions reach customers.
The Rosslyn site has been designed with state-of-the-art equipment to perform various tests that will ensure the quality of the treatment applied to the seed, providing greater assurance to AME producers. The facility will also serve Corteva’s respective seed brands, Pannar® and Pioneer®, as well as other industry collaborators, to create new seed treatment solutions to help farmers overcome the challenges of an ever-changing agricultural industry.
LumiGEN® seed treatments for the Pioneer® brand are designed, verified and proven to work with the company’s current genetic portfolio, giving growers a higher level of confidence in their seed treatment options. Pannar®’s comprehensive plant health initiative, Panacea™, includes a range of dynamic seed treatment products (consisting primarily of fungicides and insecticides or a combination of both), as well as unique access to expert agronomic advice.
Kolli adds: “We believe there is a significant opportunity to scale up biotech solutions in the region – although we already have a number of products favorable to the soil and climate characteristics of the AME, there is room for many more market advancements.