In what the company says is a first of its kind application for the agricultural industry, Corteva Agriscience will use MicroMGx’s metabologenomics platform to develop naturally derived crop protection solutions.
“We believe in our platform’s potential to uncover impactful new crop-protection products. We’re enthusiastic to be partnering with Corteva Agriscience because of their strong portfolio of natural and naturally derived products,” Anthony Goering, Chief Scientific Officer of MicroMGx said in a news release.
The metabologenomics process fuses genomics and mass-spectrometry data to target molecule identification. The molecules are naturally occurring. The platform was developed via a collaboration including Northwestern University’s Chemistry of Life Processes Institute and the University of Illinois’ Institute for Genomic Biology.
“With 20-plus years of leadership in green chemistry, Corteva Agriscience has a long and successful track record of discovering natural and naturally derived products,” Neal Gutterson, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Corteva Agriscience said in a press release. “We are excited to collaborate with MicroMGx to explore novel approaches for speeding up the process of discovering the next generation of innovative crop protection solutions.”
Corteva already develops products using spinosyns, which sources active ingredients from naturally fermenting soil bacteria.