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Gina Swart
Head Global Product Biology Disease Control, Syngenta

Gina Swart is currently the Head of Global Product Biology Disease Control and has worked at Syngenta since 2004. She leads the team responsible for developing innovative new disease control products for the evolving crop protection business with a strong focus on Biological disease control and Sustainable Agriculture. She joined Syngenta as a Fungicide Development Manager with Syngenta in South Africa. She relocated to the Head Office in Basel in 2007, where she has held various technical positions within Global Product Biology. Prior to her current role she was Crop Protection R&D Lead for Diverse Field crops (Sunflower; Sugar beet and Oilseed Rape/Canola) responsible for leveraging the company R&D strength and technology breadth in disease control, insect control, weed control and Seedcare to deliver a pipeline of products for Diverse Field Crops. Gina earned a PhD in Plant Pathology in 1999 at the University of Pretoria focusing on post harvest diseases of subtropical fruits and genetic diversity of the key pathogens. She spent several years doing basic and applied research on microbial ecology and biological control of postharvest diseases and developing molecular based diagnostic technologies to serve the citrus and subtropical fruit industries in South Africa.


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