Page 5: Technological factors
Syngenta is a science and technology leader:
- Its products increase the output from existing farmland.
- It develops new products for sustainable agriculture and integrated pest management programmes.
- It helps to shape new agricultural technologies that can transform lives.
Syngenta works in partnership with governments and environmental organisations to create products that protect biodiversity and conserve soil and water. Products that remove weeds without farmers ploughing the fields help to reduce soil erosion. This leads to improved soil quality and helps to retain water. It also improves biodiversity, which contributes to increasing bird numbers.
Syngenta has responded to technical advances in other areas. For example, in order to reduce CO2 emissions, car manufacturers are developing new engine technology in order to use alternative fuels.
Syngenta's development of biofuels works in harmony with this. It is now working to increase the efficiency of ethanol technology to provide enough biofuels for future generations. For example, Syngenta is helping Brazilian sugarcane growers to be more efficient in growing crops for fuel production. 'Fuel farming' is already possible with a number of different crops, such as corn in the USA, sugar cane in South America and soya in Asia.
Syngenta is developing Amylase technology in corn. Amylase increases the efficiency of ethanol production from corn. Research indicates that it could also have broader benefits including energy cost savings and reduced water usage without an equivalent increase in corn acreage.