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DuPont's Pioneer Hi-Bred, LangeBio to Research Plant Reproductive Biology, Genetics

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – DuPont and LangeBio, the Mexico National Laboratory of Genomics for Biodiversity, today announced a collaboration aimed at improving understanding of plant reproductive biology and genetic diversity.

The agreement calls for DuPont business Pioneer Hi-Bred and LangeBio, a unit of the Center for Research and Advanced Studies of National Polytechnic Institute, or CINVESTAV, to work on multiple projects to elucidate the biological and genetic mechanisms that control plant productivity.

Financial and other terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Pioneer Hi-Bred develops and supplies advanced plant genetics.

"Plant reproductive biology and genetic diversity are strategic areas of research for countries like Mexico that are centers of origin and genetic diversity of major crops," Luis Herrera-Estrella, director of LangeBio, said in a statement. "The agreement with Pioneer Hi-Bred … will increase the capacity of LangeBio to develop high quality research and impact its capacity to contribute to the development of novel plant varieties, including maize."

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