Sterile pollen developer WeedOUT raising Series A for unique biological weed control approach

March 06, 2020
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WeedOUT has been gaining momentum in the past year, winning $250,000 in funding from the Radicle Challenge before opening this Series A. The current news focuses on Syngenta Ventures' $20 million leadership of the round; other investors, including Zora Ventures and CreditEase Israel Innovation Fund, also participated. The company previously won a grant from the EU Horizon 2020 program. The use of sterilized pollen to target weeds in a species-specific manner diverges significantly from industry status quo for weed control. Clients must recognize the stagnation in chemical herbicide development and pursue orthogonal alternative approaches, including sterile pollen, RNA interference, pathogens, and other unconventional approaches.

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