The partnership will engage in the research, development and global commercialisation of pheromone-based insect control solutions


Corteva and M2i have collaborated to develop pheromone-based insect control solutions. (Credit: Julio César García from Pixabay)

Pure-play agriculture company Corteva Agriscience has entered into multi-year global agreements with French company M2i Life Sciences on pheromone-based insect control solutions.

Under the deal, the companies will involve in the research, development and global commercialisation of pheromone-based insect control solutions.

The partnership will also focus on the marketing of M2i’s portfolio of semiochemicals, including pheromone-based products, for speciality and row crops.

Corteva and M2i will combine technologies to develop novel solutions to control crop pests  

Corteva and M2i will combine technologies for the development of novel solutions to support farmers control crop pests, as well as enhance the life of plant-based insect-control traits.

M2i CEO and chairman Philippe Guerret said: “Within six short years, M2i has achieved leadership in pheromone insecticide solutions as the cornerstone of the transition to more ecologically friendly, sustainable production agriculture, and has become the world reference in this sector.”

Corteva said that these are the collaboration agreements for its newly created global Biologicals portfolio, which focuses on the development of resources for farmers using foliar and soil-applied biological controls, nutrition use efficiency and bio-stimulants, soil health and bio-fertilisers.

Pheromones are said to offer effective insect control by trapping or disrupting mating behaviours of the targeted pest.

The target-specific approach serves as a viable solution for integrated management against crop pests.

Corteva Agriscience crop protection business platform president Susanne Wasson said: “Corteva Agriscience is committed to providing farmers with a range of choices for controlling pests, including products derived from natural origins.

“We’re excited to be working with M2i and their unique bio-degradable delivery mechanisms and formulations to develop new options for farmers.”

In April, Corteva entered into a commercial agreement with ag-tech company PowerPollen to expand the use of pollination-on-demand technology for commercial corn seed production in the US.

Under the deal, PowerPollen will provide Corteva on-demand pollination technology and its prescriptive pollination expertise and algorithms to notify producers with the optimal pollination timing to improve seed yield, purity and quality.