Developing corn for long-term sustainability

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DuPont and Plant Sensory Systems have entered into a collaboration to evaluate proprietary genes for increasing nitrogen use efficiency in corn. 

Under the agreement, DuPont business Pioneer Hi-Bred receives an exclusive, worldwide research and commercial license to nitrogen use efficiency genes for corn.  This agreement complements Pioneer’s ongoing research related to nitrogen use efficiency.  Corn products developed using these genes could help growers protect yield while reducing inputs, such as nitrogen fertilizer, and decrease the energy required to apply fertilizers.

Plants use nitrogen for growth and development.  Early-season nitrogen stress can create irreversible yield loss, and nitrogen stress at any time in the plant’s life can reduce yield.  To prevent yield loss from reduced nitrogen levels, nitrogen is applied to stabilize and maximize the yield potential inherent in commercially available genetics.  Application of nitrogen represents significant cost for farmers around the world.

“Corn plants that are more efficient at using nitrogen can improve farmer profitability and productivity, while improving sustainability of agriculture worldwide,” said John Bedbrook, vice president, DuPont Agricultural Biotechnology.  “We are pleased to collaborate with Plant Sensory Systems in this important area of agricultural research to help farmers continue to improve their ability to feed their family and their communities.”

“Plant Sensory Systems is looking forward to working with Pioneer, a global leader in producing high-quality, high-yielding seeds, in developing a product to help meet the needs of a growing population in a sustainable manner,” said Kathleen Turano, president, Plant Sensory Systems.

Source: DuPont



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