Novel Solutions for Fungal Nucleic Acid Extraction

$15,000 USD

Challenge overview

ABSTRACT

Fungal pathogens of plants impact agriculture around the world by reducing crop yields and increasing the amount of fungicides to maintain crop performance. At Corteva Agriscience, our goal is to develop effective, sustainable, and durable solutions to protect plants from fungal pathogens, which would allow us to provide farmers with superior products maximizing their return. The key to this objective is to develop new and improved approaches to studying and detecting fungal pathogens. In turn, this requires the design of novel methods for the simultaneous extraction of nucleic acids from pathogens and their hosts.   

This is an Ideation Challenge with a guaranteed award for at least one submitted solution.

OVERVIEW

Understanding the characteristics of fungal genomes and detecting fungal pathogens with nucleic acid-based molecular techniques is critical to our ability to improve plant disease management. A key step in this process is the extraction of the pathogen’s nucleic acids from infected plants.

Unfortunately, many important fungal species are recalcitrant to the extraction of high-quality nucleic acids. To improve the foundational knowledge of plant pathogens, Corteva Agriscience invites scientists from both public and private sectors to join our efforts to develop new and improved methods to simultaneously extract nucleic acids from fungal pathogens and their plant hosts.

This is an Ideation Challenge, which has the following unique features:

  • There is a guaranteed award.  The award(s) will be paid to the best submission(s) as solely determined by the Seeker. The total payout will be $15,000, with at least one award being no smaller than $5,000 and no award being smaller than $2,000.
  • The Solvers are not required to transfer exclusive intellectual property rights to the Seeker.  Rather, by submitting a proposal, the Solver grants the Seeker a royalty-free, perpetual, and non-exclusive license to use any information included in this proposal, including for promotional purposes.

Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (US Eastern Time) on March 19, 2023. 

Late submissions will not be considered.

After the Challenge deadline, the Seeker will complete the review process and make a decision with regard to the Winning Solution(s). All Solvers that submit a proposal will be notified on the status of their submissions; however, no detailed evaluation of individual submissions will be provided.

ABOUT THE SEEKER

Corteva, Inc. (NYSE: CTVA) is a publicly traded, global pure-play agriculture company that combines industry-leading innovation, high-touch customer engagement and operational execution to profitably deliver solutions for the world’s most pressing agriculture challenges. Corteva generates advantaged market preference through its unique distribution strategy, together with its balanced and globally diverse mix of seed, crop protection, and digital products and services. With some of the most recognized brands in agriculture and a technology pipeline well positioned to drive growth, the company is committed to maximizing productivity for farmers, while working with stakeholders throughout the food system as it fulfills its promise to enrich the lives of those who produce and those who consume, ensuring progress for generations to come. More information can be found at www.corteva.com.

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