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DuPont, Biotique Partner on Plant Genetics

By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – DuPont and Biotique Systems today announced a plant genetics research alliance to bring better crop seed to farmers.

Biotique will provide its expertise and Titan solution for next-generation sequencing management, biomarker analysis, and genotype to phenotype association, as well as its Make-Sense intellectual property to the collaboration, while DuPont's Pioneer Hi-Bred business will apply the platform to agricultural research.

The Titan solution includes a database to store and group data.

Pioneer will retain all intellectual property for its genetic information and crops produced as a result of the deal. No further terms of the agreement were disclosed.

According to the firms, the Titan solution will enable the handling and analysis of the millions of DNA sequence data points generated by next-generation sequencing performed by Pioneer.

"When integrated with state-of-the-art molecular marker technologies, advanced bioinformatics and global knowledge management at DuPont, these powerful genetic discovery technologies can dramatically advance scientific discovery and product delivery for customers," they said in a statement.

John Soper, vice president of Pioneer Crop Genetics Research and Development, added that his firm has been applying sequencing technology to corn in order to improve the crop faster. The partnership, he said, will help "bring those advancements to other crops faster, an important part of increasing farmer productivity to meet future demands in agriculture."

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