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DuPont, Australian Center Expand Collaboration to Focus on Wheat Production

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – DuPont and the Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics announced on Tuesday an expansion of an existing research collaboration to increase the scale of research aimed at improving the productivity of wheat and other crops.

The deal involves DuPont company Pioneer Hi-Bred, which develops and supplies advanced plant genetics. The new program builds on a partnership between Pioneer and ACPFG first started in 2005 and extended in 2010 to now include a new focus on wheat, the world's largest acreage crop in the world.

In a statement, the partners said the expanded program will include the use of molecular markers to advance cereal breeding, as well as discovery research for agronomic traits and hybrid seed production in wheat. Pioneer and ACPFG will continue developing agronomic traits to increase drought tolerance and reduce the need for soil-applied nitrogen fertilizer in production crops, such as corn, soybeans, canola, rice, and sorghum.

Financial and other terms of the program expansion were not disclosed.

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