Hyderabad: DuPont will locate its first plant bio-tech research centre outside its home country, the US, at the company’s proposed knowledge centre here.
“The global demand for agricultural crops is very strong. We have the science to help farmers and others across the value chain and this research centre is going to help us do this even faster,” said William Niebur, vice president, DuPont Crop Genetics Research and Develpment on 15 March.
As part of its $100 million (Rs440 crore) investment plan for new seed products, DuPont expects the number of crop genetic scientists here to increase to nearly 100. Currently, 20 scientists have already begun working out of leased facilities near the site where the new Rs100 crore DuPont Knowledge Centre is to be built.
DuPont has major plant biotech research centres in Delaware, Iowa and California along with 90 plant genetics research centres around the globe.
Plant biotech scientists will develop biotech traits and technologies that will be incorporated into multiple crops for global markets.
The trait discovery work conducted on site will help create advanced seed products to meet the growing global demand for increased food production, improved animal feed products and expanding energy needs, Niebur said.
“This research lab reinforces the improtance of India as a global centre of scientific excellence,” said Balvinder S Kalsi, president and CEO, DuPont India.
“This centre will allow us to access tremendous scientific talent in this region in support of DuPont efforts to create products that address the food, feed, fuel and material challenges of 21st century,” he added.