NEW YORK, July 11 - BASF Plant Science has established a new subsidiary, BASF AgGenetics, that will work with a consortium of US breeding companies to develop new inbred corn lines, BASF Plant Science said Wednesday. 

BASF AgGenetics plans to access a large pool of corn germplasm by working with over a dozen US breeding partners, and will apply its genomics research and plant biotechnology to developing new corn lines with improved properties.

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