How synthetic organic chemistry can help to feed the world

Chemistry for Tomorrow’s World 2012: Using Chemistry to Improve Agricultural Productivity – a policy event

Azoxystrobin is the world’s leading agricultural fungicide. It is a fully synthetic compound, whose invention was inspired by the structure and activity of the naturally-occurring fungicide strobilurin A. Today it is used worldwide to control fungi growing on over 120 types of crop, improving plant health, raising quality and increasing yield. The success of the project highlights the crucial importance of chemistry in meeting grand challenges such as global food security and the broader applicability of skills such as natural product synthesis. Keynote speaker Dr John Clough led the team of chemists at Syngenta that invented azoxystrobin. He will discuss the key role that synthetic organic chemistry played in creating an effective and safe fungicide. This policy event is organised by the Royal Society of Chemistry as part of a series of lectures designed to bring together active researchers and policy makers to highlight the role of the chemical sciences in tackling societal issues.

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This event will be held in the Chemistry Centre on 26 September at the RSC’s recently refurbished building in Burlington House, London. Doors will open at 17:30 for refreshments. The event will begin at 18:00 and will finish with a wine reception. Please follow the link here for information and to register for the event.

If you cannot make it why not watch the video of the event which will be uploaded on the website after the event.

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One Response to “How synthetic organic chemistry can help to feed the world”

  1. This is helpful. It’s amazing how people were able to discover naturally-occurring fungicides that can definitely help promote plant health. If there are fungi, there are also fungi killers that wait to be discovered.

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