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Corteva Agriscience building new Biologicals portfolio; selects M2i for first global agreements

12/ 06/ 2020

Companies will jointly develop and globally commercialize pheromones for crop protection

Corteva Agriscience, a leading pure-play agriculture company, and M2i, a leader in the field of pheromones for biological crop protection, announced today multi-year global agreements for the research, development and global commercialization of pheromone-based insect control solutions.

The two companies will collaborate closely to bring to market M2i’s expansive portfolio of semiochemicals, which include pheromone-based products, for specialty and row crops. Combining technologies from Corteva and M2i, they also will develop novel solutions to help farmers control crop pests and extend the life of plant-based insect-control traits. Details of the agreement were not disclosed.

“Corteva Agriscience is committed to providing farmers with a range of choices for controlling pests, including products derived from natural origins,” said Susanne Wasson, President, Crop Protection Business Platform, Corteva Agriscience. “We’re excited to be working with M2i and their unique bio-degradable delivery mechanisms and formulations to develop new options for farmers.”

“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. We are pleased to cooperate with a leader such as Corteva Agriscience, as we contribute to its expansion into biocontrols. We are convinced that the conversion towards a sustainable agriculture will be made in close cooperation with farmers, thanks to the help of expert groups such as Corteva,” declared Philippe Guerret, CEO and Chairman of M2i

These are the first collaboration agreements for Corteva’s newly created global Biologicals portfolio, which is dedicated to developing resources for farmers using foliar and soil applied biological controls, nutrition use efficiency and bio-stimulants, soil health and bio-fertilizers. Pheromones provide highly effective insect control by trapping or disrupting mating behaviors of the targeted pest. This target-specific approach provides a viable solution for integrated management against crop pests.

About Corteva Agriscience

Corteva Agriscience is a publicly traded, global pure-play agriculture company that provides farmers around the world with the most complete portfolio in the industry – including a balanced and diverse mix of seed, crop protection and digital solutions focused on maximizing productivity to enhance yield and profitability. With some of the most recognized brands in agriculture and an industry-leading product and technology pipeline well positioned to drive growth, the company is committed to working with stakeholders throughout the food system as it fulfills its promise to enrich the lives of those who produce and those who consume, ensuring progress for generations to come. Corteva Agriscience became an independent public company on June 1, 2019 and was previously the Agriculture Division of DowDuPont. More information can be found at www.corteva.com.  Follow Corteva Agriscience on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube.

About M2i Life Sciences:

Founded in 2012, M2i is a French industrial group, expert in the design, formulation and production of complex molecules. Thanks to our research laboratory in Lacq (64), combined with its production plant based in Salin de Giraud (13) and its manufacturing center in Parnac (46), M2i developed its own expertise in pheromones for the protection of biological diversity in crops and for animal welfare. The company designs, manufactures and markets natural products capable of replacing traditional pesticides. In this capacity, M2i received, amongst 20 other awards, the 2015 Corporate & Environment Award from the French Ministry of Ecology and Sustainable Development, the 2015 Green Chemistry Award, the 2016 RMC PME Trophy and the 2017 European Business Award for Environment of the European Commission, and then the Pierre Potier Prize for chemistry in favor of sustainable development. M2i employs 165 people, including more than a quarter in R&D, and holds 22 patent families protecting its technology and innovative product lines. M2i Life Sciences, an industrial ambition serving excellence and innovation.  For more information: www.m2i-lifesciences.com

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Media Contacts:

Anastasiya Forina, Corporate Communications Consultant

Tel: +380 44 498 90 00, Mоb: +380 99 080 0216

anastasiya.forina@corteva.com

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