Seeds, Traits & Oils
Through breeding and agricultural biotechnology, we continue to be an industry leader in the discovery and development of traits for insect resistance, herbicide tolerance, oil quality, enhanced meal quality, drought tolerance and nitrogen utilization. Our plant biotechnology solutions include diverse and innovative product candidates with market potential around the world.
- We’ve removed more than one billion pounds of saturated and trans fats from North American diets since 2006 with next-generation Omega-9 Canola and Sunflower Oils made from our Nexera® Canola and Sunflower seeds. Numerous restaurants and companies in the foodservice and food manufacturing industries are switching to these alternatives, which are not only healthier, but have superior cooking performance and no affect on how food tastes.
- Growers maximize yield potential using our SmartStax® hybrids. These products reduce refuge requirements from 20 percent to 5 percent in the U.S. Corn Belt and from 50 percent to 20 percent in cotton-growing regions. SmartStax insect trait technology delivers multiple modes of action for the broadest spectrum of insect control available, using our own proprietary rootworm protection and taking advantage of our culture of collaboration to work with Monsanto to create the best solution for insect resistance management.
- Our Refuge Advanced® powered by SmartStax is a convenient, single-bag solution for refuge compliance. No separate refuge is required in the Corn Belt1 because the refuge is in the bag.
- Corn pests can significantly reduce productivity, and POWERCORE™ is highly effective against the most devastating of these insects. It uses a five-gene trait stack technology to provide broad-spectrum above-ground insect and weed control targeted to the Latin American market, using multiple modes of action from multiple genes to support this particular geography.
- Approximately 85 percent of U.S. growers currently have or expect to have weed resistance issues, and the global impact is also increasing. The Enlist™ Weed Control System will partner with – and improve on – the glyphosate-tolerant system to provide more effective control of resistant weeds to help growers farm more efficiently. Components of the Enlist™ Weed Control System are undergoing regulatory review; approvals are pending. Dow AgroSciences expects the first sale of Enlist corn later in 2013 for planting in the 2014 crop year. We anticipate regulatory approvals for Enlist soybeans and Enlist E3™ soybeans for the 2015 crop year with Enlist cotton to follow.