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DuPont, Australian Center Extend Plant Genomics Partnership

By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – DuPont and the Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics have extended a partnership aimed at increasing productivity in leading production crops.

The original partnership between DuPont business Pioneer Hi-Bred and ACPFG started in 2005 and has been extended until 2015. The collaboration seeks to discover and develop traits to increase drought tolerance and decrease the need for soil-applied nitrogen fertilizer. It also aims to increase yields in corn, soybeans, rice, wheat, canola, sorghum, and barley.

Financial terms of the extension were not disclosed.

Based in Des Moines, Iowa, Pioneer Hi-Bred develops advanced plant genetics and supplies high quality seeds to farmers in more than 90 countries.

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