Global agribusiness giant ADM has teamed up with Swiss crop protection and seeds producer Syngenta Group to increase the availability of low carbon-intensity next-generation oilseeds and improved varieties to meet increasing demand for biofuel feedstocks.

The companies signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to increase research into oilseeds and their commercialisation, ADM said on 28 September.

The partnership is expected to help meet increasing demand for biofuels and other sustainably-sourced products, according to the companies.

ADM said it would bring its global scale and logistical expertise to the partnership, including production and storage capabilities, a large logistical network and relationships with growers and customers across a wide

range of industries.

Syngenta’s research and development capabilities would provide biotechnology support, seed treatments and biologicals that further reduced the carbon intensity of crops.

Camelina was one of the crops the companies were looking to scale up, ADM said.

“This … MoU with Syngenta demonstrates how we are working with partners to bring the full value chain together to support new seed technologies,” Greg Morris, president of ADM’s Ag Services & Oilseeds business, said.

“It builds on our … capabilities by creating a path to scale the processing of cover crops, a process we’ve already successfully piloted.”

Work would begin in North America, Justin Wolfe, president of Syngenta Global Seeds, said.

ADM and Syngenta said they expected to form partnerships with other companies to support the creation, commercialisation and processing of next-generation oilseeds.

The companies said they expected to sign definitive agreements by the end of the year and were currently working together on growing and processing next-generation varieties.

Global demand for biofuels, including SAF, is expected to increase by 35bn litres/year – or 22% – between 2022-2027, according to the International Energy Association.