As a part of the National Association of Plant Breeders 2014 meeting, which will be held Aug. 5-8 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, participants will have the opportunity to tour Syngentaâ€™s research and development facility in Stanton.
The Stanton facility is home to more than a dozen research and development programs and departments, including Syngenta corn and sweet corn breeding programs. â€śTour participants will be able to view demonstration plots in our corn breeding program and our Yield Accelerator, a small-scale, state-of-the-art sweet corn processing line, which showcases some of the sample processing technologies, such as those used in cutting, canning and freezing,â€ť says Heather Merk, Syngenta Breeding Academy program lead. â€śTheyâ€™ll get to come into the facility and see how things work and the different stages corn passes through.â€ť
This yearâ€™s NAPB meeting is themed â€śBreeding for Water Stressâ€ť and Syngentaâ€™s Good Growth Plan complements the theme with its commitment to increase the average productivity of the worldâ€™s major crops by 20 percent without using more land, water or inputs.
Innovations that showcase this commitment, such as Water+ Intelligent Irrigation Platform and and Agrisure Artesian corn hybrids, will be a part of the tour. There will be a presentation on Water+ Intelligent Irrigation Platform, which is a full-package solution for irrigated corn growers, Merk says. Participants will also learn more about Syngentaâ€™s Artesian corn hybrids, which Merk explains convert water to grain more effectively than other hybrids.
Additionally, tour participants will see a lab demonstration on Enogen trait technology â€” the industryâ€™s only corn output trait bioengineered specifically to enhance ethanol production.
The tour will depart the host hotel, Minneapolis Airport Marriott, at 7 a.m. for Syngentaâ€™s Stanton facility and return around 1 p.m. â€śSyngenta has a long relationship with NAPB and is dedicated to providing an enriching environment for this group,â€ť says Merk, who sits on the Executive Membership of NAPBâ€™s Education Committee.