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Danish, Swiss firms combine to market phosphate fertility technology


14:15, April 26, 2012

COPENHAGEN, April 25 (Xinhua) -- Danish enzyme manufacturer Novozymes announced on Wednesday it will partner with Swiss agri-business firm Syngenta to commercialize a biological product that improves plant's phosphate uptake and boosts crop yields.

The partnership will market the JumpStart technology, a seed-applied product which increases phosphate solubilization in the soil, Novozymes said in a statement.

Although the technology is mostly sold in North America today, the agreement is expected to expand the market for the product and provide farmers an array of solutions to improve crop yields, it added.

The two companies will commercialize the technology in combination with Syngenta's Seed Care portfolio on arable crops, including cereals and corn. The portfolio includes insect-and-disease control products and crop-enhancement measures.

"With the addition of JumpStart, growers will now gain the added advantage of improved phosphate efficiency," said Syngenta COO John Atkin.

Market potential for seed-applied technologies that increase phosphate use efficiency is estimated at over 100 million U.S. dollars, the company said.


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