Scientists Collaborating on Food Protection and Production

A Chinese farmer surveys his vegetable fields at the edge of a bamboo forest.
A Chinese farmer walks through his vegetable fields at the edge of a bamboo forest.

Collaboration Unlocks the Answers Science Provides

Around the globe, DuPont scientists work in concert with farmers, local businesses, governments, NGOs and others who know the “facts on the ground” in order to find the answers that will increase food protection and food production, reduce waste, fight disease and deliver nutrition to those most in need.

Protection Against Pests

Tuta Absoluta, a moth originating in South America, entered the Mediterranean basin and was threatening tomatoes, Spain’s largest export crop. DuPont Crop Protection brought its scientists, along with agricultural experts from Brazil, where the moth had been successfully confronted, together with Spanish officials to find ways to combat the pest and increase food protection.

Protection Against Malnutrition

Severe malnutrition remains an endemic concern in much of the developing world. Danisco, the Danish food ingredients company that became part of DuPont in 2011, worked with the Indian branch of the Norwegian emergency and therapeutic food manufacturer Compact to develop EeZeePaste, a shelf-stable, low-moisture product that delivers high energy and vital nutrients to treat severely malnourished children and adults.

Protection Against Pathogens

DuPont Qualicon and the Agricultural Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture are collaborating on a new test for detecting hard-to-identify strains of toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) that are not currently regulated but are a growing concern for food-borne illness in the United States, Europe, Japan and food safety agencies worldwide.

Serious epidemics of rust, a disease of corn caused by the common fungus Puccinia sorghi, deplete both crop yield and quality. DuPont Pioneer joined with Argentina’s Institute of Genetics to study genetic variability in the fungus. By taking rust samples from 10 to 25 locations each growing season, Pioneer and its Argentine colleagues will identify genes that resist infection and develop hybrid corn with innate resistance, maximizing yield and quality and increasing food protection.

Once food is produced, its containers are the first line of defense against damage and spoilage resulting in costly waste. DuPont works with local packaging technologists around the world —including India, Africa, China and the U.S. — to develop custom resin applications for food protection that meet specific market needs, maximize freshness and stability and reduce waste.

Learn more at: DuPont Food Security