Hope Hart

Technical Leader, Product Safety, Syngenta

Hope Hart is a Technical Leader in the Product Safety group, which assesses the safety of our GM crops. She obtained an M.S. in Microbiology at North Carolina State University in North Carolina, USA, conducting her thesis on starch metabolism in the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Hope’s 18-year career at Syngenta has included identification and characterization of novel insect control traits, molecular characterization of transgenic plants for environment and human safety assessments and global regulatory submissions, and delivery of detection methods for identification and quantification of Syngenta’s transgenic events. During Hope’s tenure as a research scientist in the Insect Control Group, she discovered the gene ecry3.1Ab, the active ingredient in Syngenta’s newest corn rootworm trait Agisure Duracade.

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Posted On: Tuesday, 5/20/2014 9:32 am
A: “GMO” stands for genetically modified organism. GMOs are used for a variety of purposes, such as to produce human insulin, vitamins, vaccines or enzymes used in cheeses, fermented beverages and starch products. GMO Answers is  focused on GM crops for plant agriculture.  Currently, eight crops are commercially available from GM seeds in the United States: corn, soybeans, cotton, canola, alfalfa, sugar beets, papaya and squash.     If you’re interested in learning more about how GM plants are... Continue Reading
Posted On: Thursday, 8/01/2013 9:22 am
A: The concerns with pesticides and bees have largely focused on a special class of insecticides, known as neonicotinoids, that are used on GMO and non-GMO crops. “Neonics,” as they are often referred to, were developed to be less harmful to “non-target” pests and are most often applied as a seed coating, rather than a spray. This means much less pesticide is needed and less pesticide is distributed into the environment. In many cases, neonics have replaced older classes of pesticides, such as... Continue Reading
Posted On: Monday, 7/29/2013 11:37 am
A:  Thank you for allowing me to clear up some misinformation. While it’s true some commercial beekeepers have experienced problems with overwinter losses in bee colonies, the popular press has greatly exaggerated the situation by suggesting a possible “beepocalypse” or threat of extinction. Believe it or not, statistics kept by government and international bodies show honey bee populations are stable in the U.S. and Europe and dramatically rising worldwide (USDA, government of Canada... Continue Reading
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