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May 3, 2010

Pioneer - New Seed Innovation Key to Addressing Climate Change & Agricultural Productivity

Dupont/Pioneer Hi-Bred issued a press release on 3 May 2010 from the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) annual convention covering the statements on climate change and agricultural biotechnology made by Pioneer Hi-Bred President Paul Schikler at the BIO Leadership Summit. 

According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), "climate change is among the top challenges to the increases in agriculture productivity needed to feed the growing world population. .. Agricultural production could be threatened by higher temperatures and changes in rainfall patterns, and increased occurrences of droughts and floods."

In discussing this theme, Schikler
noted that "[i]nnovative technologies [such as agricultural biotechnology] that help growers adapt to changing environmental conditions will be key to increasing agricultural productivity, conserving natural resources and addressing the potential impacts of climate change."

He added that key to Pioneer's success is "[u]nderstanding current and potential new challenges to a crop within specific geographies is key to a successful plant breeding program.  ...That system of working closely with farmers to understand their conditions and testing new varieties in local environments will help ensure we have seed to address the impact of climate change.”

“The potential impact of climate change is accelerating the need to develop seed traits that perform in a variety of growing conditions,” said Schickler.

To address climate change, Pioneer is currently focused on developing new products that are drought tolerant and nitrogen-use efficient. 

“Advanced biotechnology tools are allowing us to more effectively leverage our understanding of local environments and crop genetics to develop crops for the future,” said Schickler. “We have only just begun to tap into the potential of the technology to address the challenge of increasing agricultural productivity as growing conditions change over time.”

Photo Credit: MCB at the BIO Convention Leadership Summit, 3 May 2010.

For more see: "DuPont Leader: Innovation Key to Addressing Climate Change; New Seed Technologies to Deliver Increased Agricultural Productivity," Pioneer Press Release, Chicago, Illinois, 3 May 2010.

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