CRISPR is one of many tools Corteva Agriscience™, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont, uses to deliver improved products and value to customers.
Safety and product stewardshipare foundational to all Corteva Agriscience product offerings.
Corteva Agriscience products developed using CRISPR advanced plant breeding only include genetic material from the target plant/crop.
Corteva Agriscience is committed to open, transparent and timely communications about its use of CRISPR.
Corteva Agriscience is committed to the responsible development and application of CRISPR to help ensure consumer confidence.
Corteva Agriscience supports appropriate, science-based regulatory oversight for plants developed with CRISPR advanced plant breeding, consistent with plants developed through other plant breeding methods.
Corteva Agriscienceintends to enable others wanting to develop agricultural products using CRISPR through access to intellectual property, technology capabilities, infrastructure and scientific expertise.
Corteva Agrisciencewill engage those with diverse viewpoints to inform its decision-making process for products developed with CRISPR advanced plant breeding.
1“CRISPR-Cas” is derived from naturally occurring “CRISPR” found in many bacteria that protect themselves against bacteriophage. Corteva Agriscience has used CRISPR for many years to improve dairy product manufacturing and to make food safe and last longer.
2These principles refer to the Corteva Agriscience use of “CRISPR” as a plant breeding technique. If CRISPR is used to more efficiently develop GMOs, Corteva Agriscience will follow all applicable GMO regulations and the DuPont Biotechnology Guiding Principles. See more here.
Last updated: November 8, 2018
Collaborating for the Greater Good
We welcome the opportunity to collaborate with others to realize the full potential of CRISPR for agriculture across all crops and geographies.
Our first project will apply CRISPR to address maize lethal necrosis disease in sub-Saharan Africa. This disease has reduced maize production on some farms by up to 90 percent. CRISPR can provide climate- and disease-resilient corn varieties to the communities who need them.
International Rice Research Institute (IRRI)
Rice is the world’s most important staple food, directly feeding more than any other crop. To meet the demand of a growing global population, rice production needs to dramatically increase by 25 percent over the next 25 years. Yet increased competition for dwindling resources such as land and water, unpredictable climates, farm labor shortages and lack of technical expertise are some of the issues threatening the future of rice.
Corteva Agriscience and the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) have launched a multi-year framework agreement to collaborate on rice research, deployment of new breeding technologies and development of breeding programs. The agreement provides both parties with access to advanced technologies, including IRRI’s germplasm, hybrid and inbred rice programs and Corteva Agriscience’s precision breeding technologies. The partnership seeks to improve the genetic outcomes of breeding programs, encourage sustainable rice cultivation, and develop new rice varieties which deliver higher yields and are more resilient against biotic and abiotic stresses.
Donald Danforth Plant Science Center (Danforth Center)
Corteva Agriscience and the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center (Danforth Center) have entered into a multiyear public/private partnership, including licensing and research collaboration agreements, with the goal of jointly developing improved food security crops. Through access to Corteva Agriscience’s intellectual property, technology capabilities and scientific expertise provided by the agreement, the Danforth Center is applying CRISPR technology to staple food crops such as cassava and sorghum to produce planting materials with improved disease resistance, nutritional value and enhanced resilience to biotic stresses. Gene editing also is being employed as a powerful tool to increase understanding of the biology of these underserved, but vital crop plants. Through collaboration with African scientists, the Danforth Center is committed to delivering the benefits of gene editing to farmers and breeders in Africa, and combining developmental genes with CRISPR will significantly accelerate these efforts.
International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT)
The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) and Corteva Agriscience inked a multiyear partnership to strengthen food security by improving crops that feed millions through sharing of high-tech and modern breeding technologies. The technology sharing includes CRISPR, adapting transformation techniques to new crops, and applying knowledge of plant biochemical pathways with the goal of productivity and quality improvements. The plan to work together on crops such as sorghum and millet was solidified at a meeting during the 2017 World Food Prize where ICRISAT Director General David Bergvinson and Tom Greene of Corteva Agriscience outlined general research concepts, targets and available technology that would help drive solutions.