Syngenta To Acquire Pasteuria Bioscience | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 90 Issue 39 | p. 17 | Concentrates
Issue Date: September 24, 2012

Syngenta To Acquire Pasteuria Bioscience

Department: Business
Keywords: biological pesticides, agricultural chemicals, nematodes

Swiss crop protection firm Syngenta has agreed to buy U.S.-based Pasteuria Bioscience for $86 million plus deferred payments of up to $27 million. Pasteuria produces biological products, derived from soil bacteria of the genus Pasteuria, to control plant-parasitic nematodes. The company’s first product, a seed treatment to control the soybean cyst nematode, is set to launch in the U.S. in 2014. The deal follows Bayer CropScience’s recent acquisition of biological pesticide maker AgraQuest and Monsanto’s alliance with Alnylam to develop biopesticides based on RNAi technology.

 
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