Corteva and ZeaKal Enter Collaboration to Advance Photosynthesis Tech
Corteva Agriscience has partnered up with ZeaKal, a plant science innovator that aims to improve agricultural productivity, for a strategic R&D collaboration. Together, the two companies will focus on advancing ZeaKal’s innovative PhotoSeed technology to help improve seed quality and increase crop yield.
“As part of Corteva Agriscience’s mission to offer farmers complete solutions that help maximize their productivity, we are excited to collaborate with ZeaKal to develop its proprietary seed technology with improved agronomic yield. This collaboration reflects Corteva Agriscience’s approach to open innovation, leveraging collaborations around the world to pursue transformational innovations that enhance sustainability and provide consumers with healthier food options,” said Neal Gutterson, chief technology officer for Corteva Agriscience.
Corteva, which is the agriculture division of DowDuPont, will help ZeaKal further develop and test its proprietary PhotoSeed solution. The new technology was designed to sustainably increases photosynthesis while also improving compositional quality in seed crops. For farmers, this means increased productivity and profitability without additional inputs, while for consumers it means agriculture can deliver better nutrition and a smaller environmental footprint.
“Corteva Agriscience is the ideal business to help us accelerate PhotoSeed’s path to commercialization. The company brings extensive expertise and a deep bench of resources that will advance our technology development and ensure PhotoSeed meets the gold standard that farmers have come to expect. The collaboration furthers our mission to sustainably feed our growing population while meeting evolving consumer and environmental demands,” explained Han Chen, ZeaKal’s chief executive officer.
As part of the partnership, Corteva will acquire a minority equity stake in ZeaKal. The exact terms of the deals were not disclosed.