2Blades discovers and advances technologies that significantly reduce, or entirely prevent, crop disease in order to improve agricultural output and the lives of people around the world.
The Unmet Need
Working to deliver solutions to crop disease
Basic food security is in danger - and under growing pressure
We have a great responsibility to continue to move science forward and to utilize it in the best ways possible to nourish mankind, especially those suffering every day.
Dr. Kenneth M. Quinn, President of the World Food Prize Foundation
Crop diseases cause significant production and quality losses – at an increasing rate
In 2014, growers spent over $14 billion dollars on chemicals that only partially controlled crop diseases
Costs from Steve Byrne, Merrill Lynch 2015 Global agriculture inputs primer
Effective solutions are urgently needed
Advances in medicine and agriculture have saved vastly more lives than have been lost in all the wars in history.
The need for disease resistant crops is especially acute for subsistence agriculture
…If you desire peace, cultivate justice, but at the same time cultivate the fields to produce more bread; otherwise there will be no peace.
2Blades contributes by developing innovations in durable disease resistance
...whoever could make two ears of corn, or two blades of grass, to grow upon a spot of ground where only one grew before, would deserve better of mankind, and do more essential service to his country, than the whole race of politicians put together.
Jonathan Swift, Gulliver's Travels
Ensuring innovative disease resistance solutions reach the field
With its unique non-profit structure, strong foundation in the scientific community, and proven capability, 2Blades fills a vitally important role. Our programs demonstrate the impact that can be achieved by taking important discoveries and innovation in plant science, advancing these with further scientific, business, and management support, and focusing on delivery of the resulting improvements into resistant crop products for commercial and subsistence agriculture.