JumpStart® is a seed-applied biological technology that increases phosphate solubilization in the soil. It is based on unique fungus Penicillium bilaii. Phosphorus is an essential macro-nutrient for the healthy growth of young plants. JumpStart® acts as a phosphate inoculant that grows along the root making more soil and fertilizer phosphate available to the plant to deliver healthier crops and higher net returns.
Novozymes is headquartered in Denmark with U.S. operations based in North Carolina. According to Executive Vice President Thomas Videbaek, “Partnering with Syngenta supports Novozymes’ strategic goal to provide the world with natural and biological solutions to help farmers worldwide increase their yields to feed the world's growing population.”
Syngenta is a Swiss based multinational chemical company with seed and pesticides lines of business. Syngenta COO John Atkin noted that this agreement with Novozymes furthers "our growing range of bioactives."