Crop Biotech Update

Pioneer and CAAS Signs Research Agreement

March 27, 2009

The Institute of Plant Protection of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (IPP/CAAS) and DuPont, through its business Pioneer Hi-Bred, announced that they will be collaborating to "improve in-plant insect control to help increase yield in important agricultural crops." The institutions have signed a multi-year, exclusive research agreement, which will focus on the identification of novel genes that will provide crops with resistance to destructive insect pests.

IPP will use its expertise in microbial screening, molecular biology and genomics to discover insect-resistance genes. Pioneer, on the other hand, will test these genes and transfer them to important crops such as corn, rice and soybean. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

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