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Syngenta Vegetable Seeds and Emerald Seed Company Enter Exclusive Onion Licensing Partnership

02 March 2024, United States: Syngenta Vegetable Seeds and Emerald Seed Company announced today the signing of a licensing agreement that will provide Syngenta exclusive access to Emerald Seed’s high-quality genetics. Specifically, this partnership will allow Syngenta to continue investing in advancing onion seed germplasm and strengthen their offering in onion seeds, one of the most widely grown vegetable crops globally.

Emerald Seed Company breeds open pollinated and hybrid varieties across a variety of crops, including broccoli, cucumbers, and of course, onions, a crop where Emerald’s high-quality seed and germplasm is respected by growers globally.

“This partnership speaks to how collaboration is essential in our industry for the benefit of all stakeholders,” said Matthew Johnston, Global Head of Vegetable Seeds and Flowers at Syngenta. “We’re excited by the opportunity to share Emerald Seed’s products with more growers around the world, especially their world-class onion seeds. This aligns with our passion to serve growers of every type with the most diverse, innovative portfolio of vegetable seed varieties.”

Emerald Seed Company was founded in 1995 as a vegetable seed breeder and producer, partnering with seed distributors throughout the world to serve professional vegetable growers. The company is based in El Centro, California, one of the most important vegetable production regions in the Americas, where they maintain research fields and have concentrated their onion breeding program for more than 20 years.

“Emerald Seed takes great pride in supplying our customers with a consistent source of high-quality vegetable seeds,” said Dr. Michael Dessert, Owner and Head Plant Breeder of Emerald Seed Company. “This partnership with Syngenta provides a path to put our seeds in the hands of more growers worldwide. We look forward to working with Syngenta for years to come.”

Syngenta was one of first companies to breed vegetable varieties more than 150 years ago, and today is the most global organization in the industry with Vegetable Seeds teams operating in more than 60 countries and shipping seeds to 124 countries.    

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