Syngenta builds new facility in the US
Basel – Swiss crop group Syngenta plans to construct a new biotech research facility adjacent to its existing research campus at the Research Triangle Park in North Carolina (US). The US$71m investment is scheduled to begin in June 2011. The company will focus on discovering and developing new agronomic traits. “This investment demonstrates our commitment to R&D and our plan to remain at the forefront of plant genetics research,” said Syngenta Head of Research and Development Sandro Aruffo. The firm will focus on traits that can better tolerate climate variability, combat plant stresses such as drought, and enhance crop productivity and plant performance. In addition to the current focus on corn and soybeans, research will be expanded to other crops, including sugar cane, cereals, rice and vegetables. The facility is expected to be fully operational in the second half of 2012.