Daniel R. Kittle, Dow AgroSciences vice president of Research and Development, presented some of the “game-changing” innovation being brought to the market by Dow AgroSciences to investors on Wall Street on June 5. The presentation was part of the Merrill Lynch Agricultural Chemicals Conference in New York.
“We have a more robust pipeline today than ever before, containing chemistry with enormous potential and a portfolio of biological solutions that will transform and differentiate this company,” Kittle said.
The highlight of the pipeline discussion was the announcement that Dow AgroSciences is developing a new family of traits, providing herbicide-tolerant technology that can improve the performance of weed control systems in corn, soybeans and cotton.
The technology, anticipated to be available for key crops beginning in 2011 in corn, followed by soybeans in 2013, consists of new herbicide traits that provide tolerance to existing broadleaf and grass herbicides. Additionally, it will be compatible with all popular weed control systems, expanding growers’ options for protecting their yields and managing changing weed spectrums in crops while preserving the viability of the current technologies.
Other examples from the company’s pipeline include Omega-9 canola and sunflower oils with zero saturated fat, an insecticide to control sap-feeding insects and new herbicide chemistry.
Cutting-edge techniques, such as the ability to precisely target and regulate gene function in plants through an agreement with Sangamo BioSciences, are enabling the company to reach key discovery milestones. Dow AgroSciences has been able to target native genes in canola using engineered ZFN technology to affect specific gene sites with exceptional precision. In addition, a ZFN, designed to specifically cleave a native corn gene sequence, was used to target a preselected site and enable site-specific transgene integration. This represents the first successful targeted integration of DNA into a preselected native corn sequence.
Several products were mentioned as coming soon to market. One active ingredient expected to be launched in 2008 is spinetoram, an insecticide derived from a naturally occurring microbe with unique attributes that make it a long-desired alternative for hard-to-control pests like codling moth.
Along with new products, the company also is rapidly advancing breakthroughs in formulations technology.
Ten novel delivery systems are being tested in the field today, with some anticipated on the market in Europe as soon as 2009.