NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Bayer CropScience and KeyGene today announced a multiyear deal aimed at improving traits in several major agricultural crops.

The deal will first take aim at wheat in an effort to improve the efficiency and sustainability of wheat production. Other crops that may be addressed include oilseed rape, rice, and cotton, the partners said.

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