NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Agricultural tech firm Benson Hill Biosystems announced yesterday that it has signed an agreement to help retail seed company Beck's advance its corn breeding program.

Under the terms of the deal, Beck's will incorporate Benson Hill's CropOS genomic data and analytics platform into its portfolio of corn breeding tools, which are designed to help improve plant traits such as emergence, standability, health, maturity, and yield.

Additional terms were not disclosed.

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