GrassRoots Biotechnology

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Monsanto has acquired agricultural biotechnology firm GrassRoots Biotechnology for an undisclosed amount.

By a GenomeWeb staff reporter
NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – GrassRoots Biotechnology and Monsanto today announced the extension of an agreement for the development of gene promoters to enhance and protect crop yields.

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