Syngenta, active in breeding tomatoes, peppers, cabbage varieties and melons, is increasing efforts to respond to climate change. While factors such as yield, flavour, convenience and sustainability are important traits, the company will be focusing more intently on the cold and heat tolerance of crops.
“We are now looking to develop more robust varieties that have more flexibility,” says Jérémie Chabanis, global value chain manager lead for Syngenta, based in Europe.
Warmer weather is confusing the growing season in southern Europe. The company is searching for varieties that keep well during a warm winter and dry summer. They must also be resistant to diseases that are migrating from south to north.