Syngenta and Unium Bioscience to bring novel biological seed treatment to northwest Europe


Syngenta gains exclusive rights to NUELLO® iN to improve nutrient use efficiency, increase crop yield and promote plant health.

Syngenta Biologicals and Unium Bioscience announce a collaboration to bring breakthrough biological seed treatment solutions based on NUELLO® iN to farmers across northwest Europe.

NUELLO® iN naturally improves a plant’s ability to convert and use nitrogen readily available in the atmosphere and has the potential to reduce nitrogen use by more than 10 percent. This lowers the environmental impact of farming, while increasing crop yield, promoting plant and soil health, and offering farmers greater flexibility in their nitrogen management strategies.

Through this collaboration, Syngenta gains exclusive access to the product NUELLO® iN and becomes the exclusive commercial distributor across northwest Europe for Unium’s TIROS® biological seed treatment. The already established product combinations in the UK will continue and be offered under the brand name NUELLO® iN.
The collaboration is an exciting first step toward seed-applied biofertilizers and strengthens Syngenta’s position in northwest Europe, where it is already actively bringing foliar-applied biofertilizers such as VIXERAN® to more markets this year.

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“Syngenta is unlocking the future of farming by encouraging sustainable practices and helping growers reduce their carbon footprint while increasing yields,” said Jonathan Halstead, Head of North West Europe at Syngenta Crop Protection and Managing Director of Syngenta UK Ltd. “We are thrilled to announce this long-term partnership with Unium, leveraging the power of their innovation and bringing a unique, sustainable biological solution to growers across northwest Europe.”

“At a time when nitrogen use and sustainability are front of mind for growers, we are proud to give growers more choice and more flexibility in their nitrogen management,” said John Haywood, Director at Unium. “Building upon Syngenta’s strong track record of partnership and investment in biologicals, this collaboration will offer a more efficient and sustainable way to grow healthy and productive crops.”

NUELLO® iN works by combining bacterial strains produced by Intrinsyx Bio with Unium’s prebiotic stimulant, and functions within the plant to convert freely available nitrogen from the surroundings into a form the crop can use.

Syngenta will be offering NUELLO® iN in the coming months across the UK, with commercial distribution across Ireland, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands to follow in 2024.