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Syngenta enters into research collaboration with CAU


July 8, 2009 - Syngenta today announced that it has agreed a three-year research collaboration with China Agricultural University (CAU). The collaboration is aimed at discovering and validating novel gene functions for major crops such as corn and soybean, with a focus on yield increase, nitrogen utilization optimization and other key agronomic traits, valuable for China and global agriculture.


On the morning of July 8, a signing ceremony was held at Syngenta’s global biotech research center based in Beijing Zhongguancun Life Science Park, with participation of Dr. Qixin Sun, Vice President of CAU, faculty scholars, and the management group of Syngenta Biotechnology (China) Co., Ltd.

During the ceremony, Dr. Xun Wang, President of Syngenta Biotechnology China in his remark recognized the positive role CAU has played in promoting the development of Chinese agricultural technology, and the open and forward-looking vision of the CAU management board. “The CAU has been a driving force in advancing agricultural technology and education in China, especially in the field of agricultural biotechnology,” says Xun Wang. “Collaborating with CAU will help accelerate our innovation, increase our efficiency, so that together we could contribute more to addressing the inevitable challenges facing the world agriculture.”


"Syngenta is a world leader in agricultural technology with strong commitment in China, which has been well demonstrated by its initiative to build the first foreign-funded agricultural biotech center in Beijing,” says Dr. Qixin Sun. “At CAU, we are dedicated to expanding and deepening international communication and cooperation. I believe by working closely together, scientists from both sides will strive for improved and innovative biotech solutions to agricultural development.


With over 100 years of history, CAU is a key national university specialized in agricultural technology research and academic studies, based in Beijing, China. The university takes a leadership position in agricultural biotechnology research in China, and has undertaken a number of national key fundamental research projects and programs.


The research agreement is part of Syngenta’s continuous efforts to collaborate with Chinese academics. In 2007, Syngenta entered into a five-year research collaboration with the Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology (IGDB) in Beijing on the development of novel traits for key crops. In early 2009, Syngenta inked an eight-year research collaboration agreement with Anhui Rice Research Institute (ARRI) of Anhui Academy of Agricultural Sciences.


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