Powering innovation in agriscience
Innovation powers integrated solutions to meet farmers’ needs today, and to anticipate tomorrow’s challenges.Innovation at Corteva
Biotechnology — also called genetic engineering or genetic modification — techniques are a more precise method of plant development. These techniques allow plant breeders to take a desirable trait found in nature and transfer it from one plant or organism to the plant they want to improve, as well as make a change to an existing trait in a plant they are developing. Some examples of desirable traits commonly transferred include resistance to insects and disease and tolerance to herbicides that allow farmers to better control weeds. Biotechnology has been used for more than three decades to develop seed products that allow farmers to be more productive and sustainable.
For thousands of years, plants evolved through natural selection, and humans have been using traditional plant breeding techniques to allow plants to produce more or traits that are more desirable. Gene editing provides the tools to make these changes more precisely than ever before, unlocking the full power of plants to bring improved products to farmers more quickly. At Corteva, we are using gene editing and CRISPR technology to create a wide range of changes in plants to develop product solutions that will solve challenges for today’s farmers and consumers.
Rigorous research and innovation in plant breeding has led to tremendous gains in food output and nutritional value over the past century. In just the last decade alone, average corn yields have grown by more than 30 percent while soybean yields have increased more than 25 percent. This has been accomplished despite pressures of loss of farmland, water stress and climate change.
Learn more about Corteva’s approach to innovation and how it is driving better outcomes for farmers across the globe.