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Scientific Excellence

Dedication to innovation

In today's complex and competitive agricultural environment, superior research is essential to achieving crop improvements. That is why DuPont invests more than 60% of its R&D spend into increasing global food production to tackle food insecurity.  Agricultural research requires long-term commitment, investment, innovation and dedication. Our researchers are leaders in the discovery, development and delivery of elite seed genetics. In the past five years, DuPont Pioneer R&D has doubled investment, increased greenhouse space by more than 60% and increased research square footage by more than 30%.  DuPont Pioneer R&D is now comprised of more than 4,400 researchers operating in 125+ research sites in 25 countries on six continents.


Demonstrating our commitment to excellence

2014 Girls in Science Scientist of the Year

The Science Center of Iowa (SCI) recently awarded Laura Higgins, DuPont Pioneer research director and board-certified entomologist, their Girls in Science Scientist of the Year award.

DuPont Pioneer sponsors successful plant breeding symposia

To help build agricultural scientific literacy and promote interest in pursuing careers in plant breeding, DuPont Pioneer has sponsored a graduate symposia series for several years around the world.

DuPont Pioneer scientist recognized by the Rapeseed-Mustard Research Society in India

Dr. Rakesh Arora, principal research scientist, Mustard Research, at DuPont Pioneer India, was recognized as a Research Fellow of the Society for Rapeseed-Mustard Research at the recent National Brassica Conference in India.

Training to support pearl millet breeding and seed production in eastern and southern Africa

The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) regional office for eastern and southern Africa, organized a training course on pearl millet improvement and improving seed production at Moshi, Tanzania in November 2011. Among those invited to speak at the workshop was Dr. RS Mahala, Research coordinator from DuPont Pioneer India,, who formed part of the ICRISAT delegation of speakers from India.

Researcher Gregory May Elected AAAS Fellow

Gregory May, senior research manager for Pioneer, was named a Fellow with the American Associate for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in 2012.

Barbara Mazur speaks at the Rosalind Franklin Society Annual Board Meeting

DuPont Agricultural Biotechnology Strategy vice president Barbara Mazur spoke at the Rosalind Franklin Society Annual Board meeting in 2011. Mazur highlighted the role that science plays in meeting the needs of a changing society, and shared her experience as a female scientist in DuPont.

Senior Research Manager nominated for Iowa Women of Innovation Award

The Iowa Women of Innovation Awards nominated Research Director Hillary Sullivan as a finalist for the 2011 year and Research Director Laura Higgins was a finalist for this award in 2010.

Scientific paper shows benefits of research on maize productivity for growers

To better understand the differences between maize yield in the United States and China, scientists collaborated on a research project that compared yield rates from U.S. and Chinese germplasm widely grown in either country between 1960 and 2001.

Researcher wins Excellence in Industry award

The American Phytopathological Society (APS) recognized DuPont Pioneer research fellow Bill Dolezal with its 2011 Excellence in Industry award.

Emmanuel Serrano Receives Prestigious Honorary Fellow Award

Emmanuel Serrano, DuPont Pioneer Research manager, was awarded the 2011 Crop Science Society of the Philippines (CSSP) Honorary Fellow Award.

Research Strategy Vice President, Barbara Mazur, profile featured in Nature Biotechnology

Barbara Mazur, vice president Research Strategy, was featured in the 15th anniversary focus issue of Nature Biotechnology magazine (March 2011).

Joe Zhao wins National Science and Technology Progress Award

Research scientist Dr. Joe (Jianzhou) Zhao won the 2011 National Science and Technology Progress Award of China, which is issued by the State Council of China.

Scientific paper demonstrates new paradigm for marker assisted selection

DuPont Pioneer researchers demonstrated a context-specific marker assisted selection (MAS) method for improved grain yield, exposing a new paradigm for MAS of traits that are too complex to dissect at the genetic level. The researchers' paper was published in Crop Science magazine.

Paper co-authored by DuPont Pioneer researchers one of most-cited papers in its discipline

A research paper written by five Pioneer researchers and four external collaborators was identified by Thomson Reuters Essential Science Indicators as a "Fast Breaking Paper" in the field of agricultural sciences, which means it is one of the most-cited papers in its discipline.

DuPont recognized for strong agricultural products by three prestigious Agrow Awards

DuPont received three prestigious Agrow Awards in recognition of innovation and excellence in its agricultural product and technology development efforts.

DuPont Pioneer Scientist Named Iowa Inventor of the Year

The Iowa Intellectual Property Law Association named Marc Albertsen, a DuPont Pioneer Research Director, as its 2008 Inventor of the Year.