NCGA Continues Support of Nematode Research

Collaboration enters eighth year finding technology to protect corn.

Published on: Feb 19, 2010

Parasitic Nematode Worms are the largest unsolved pest problem in agriculture, limiting the yield of crops worldwide and causing tens of billions of dollars in crop damage annually. The National Corn Growers Association is continuing its commitment to support advancement of Divergence, Incorporated's innovative work to prevent crop damage from nematodes. The collaboration, now in its eighth year, has successfully discovered technology with the potential to protect corn from the yield-reducing effects of parasitic nematode infection.

 

NCGA Research and Business Development Action Team Chair Larry Hasheider says that NCGA is committed to working with both the industry and directly with growers to optimize the nation's corn crop. He adds that this provides them with another opportunity to help producers make the most of their operations.

 

James McCarter, Divergence Founder, President and Chief Scientific Officer, says the advancement of our work in the last year makes us increasingly confident that growers will have one or more safe and effective approaches to significantly reduce the damage to corn done by parasitic nematodes. The company hopes these developments should lead to products for other major crop markets, as well.