Syngenta Flowers Invests in R&D Breeding Center

September 30, 2011 - 09:03

Syngenta Flowers Inc. is investing $8.25 million in its Gilroy, Calif., research and development campus to build a world-class R&D Center of Excellence for ornamental horticulture.

Syngenta Flowers Inc., a global leader in the breeding and production of hybrid flower seed and vegetative cutting for high-quality pot and bedding plants, is investing $8.25 million in its Gilroy, Calif., research and development campus to build a world-class R&D Center of Excellence for ornamental horticulture. The center will provide Syngenta with new capabilities to harness the power of its deep knowledge and expertise in plant protection, media and genetics to develop new solutions for customers in the ornamental horticulture industry.

The majority of investment dollars will be used to replace existing greenhouse structures with three state-of-the-art greenhouse facilities. Additionally, hoop houses and a pot-filling operation will be constructed. The greenhouses, which are expected to be completed by the fall of 2012, will house breeding programs for pansy, viola, geranium, chrysanthemums and other flower crops. A third R&D greenhouse structure will provide environmental testing capabilities furthering the study of individual plant performance.

"The new greenhouses will also provide us with the research capabilities and technology we need to extend plant shelf life at retail, reduce plant losses during transportation and better understand methods for managing water stress," stated Keelan Pulliam, president of Syngenta Flowers Inc., in North America. "Our R&D teams will also continue to focus on the creation of new innovative varieties that could be attractive to growers and consumers."

For more information, please go to www.syngenta.com.

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