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Bayer Cropscience and UNL to Partner on Wheat Breeding Research

December 17, 2010

NUtech Ventures and Bayer CropScience have forged a licensing agreement to work on wheat improvement. The agreement includes an endowed professorship at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, support for UNL research and education programs, and a proposed wheat breeding station near Lincoln.

"This mutually beneficial agreement will allow both Bayer CropScience and UNL to improve their respective wheat breeding programs, while preserving both parties' ability to collaborate with other companies and universities," said David Conrad, director of NUtech Ventures, the nonprofit corporation responsible for building partnerships between university researchers and the private sector.

Under the agreement, Bayer will have access to UNL's wheat germplasm which will be used to breed new wheat varieties.

The news release is at  http://citnews.unl.edu/ianrhome/ianrnews/static/1012150.shtml