Insect Resistance

Hexima is partnering with DuPont Pioneer to identify novel genes that can be used to protect transgenic crops from damage by insects. The program combines the experience of Pioneer researchers in characterizing novel insect actives and trait development with Hexima’s expertise in biochemistry and insect biology. The global market for transgenic insect protection traits was estimated at US$6.5B in 2012. Current technologies have been in the market for more than 10 years and resistance to these traits is beginning to develop, creating a need for new technologies. Through this program, Hexima is also generating a library of Australian native plant extracts which can be screened for other novel molecules including molecules with antifungal activities.