Research & Development

Targeted research with a global reach


Our Research and Development (R&D) meets the challenges farmers face by providing them with crop protection and seeds innovations that are sustainable and safe for people and the environment.

Our research is designed to improve the way crops are grown and protected so that everyone, from consumers, to farmers, to the environment, benefits.

For our innovations to benefit all, they must contribute to the sustainability of our planet through helping to address a complex, interconnected set of global challenges. They need to provide safe, healthy, and nutritious food, which meets consumers’ changing expectations and tastes. They need to help farmers adapt to extreme weather caused by climate change, as well as mitigate the carbon emissions from agriculture. They also need to support farmers in counteracting soil erosion and biodiversity loss.

Innovation driven by a passion for  farmers

We research into many areas – from controlling insects to plant breeding. All of our research helps farmers grow crops successfully year after year, whether we are developing products to protect crops or improving seeds to make plants more resilient.

How we develop new products to protect crops

Every new agricultural product or seed is developed through a rigorous process to make sure it can be used safely and sustainably, and this process can take up to 13 years.

We comply with regulations around the world

All aspects of our industry are regulated by national and regional government agencies. Regulatory authorities take 2-4 years evaluate our extensive submissions and ensure our products meet the highest standards.