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DuPont and Evogene Battle Soybean Rust

November 25, 2011

DuPont and Evogene entered into a multi-year collaboration to battle one of the most devastating diseases in soybean–soybean rust. They agreed to develop soybean varieties with improved resistance to the pathogen. This would help farmers improve their production of soybean.

One of the joint projects is the creation of a genomic database for soybean rest resistance. Evogene will use its computational genomic technology to identify new genes that confers rust resistance. DuPont, on the other hand, will develop genetically engineered soybeans carrying the gene for resistance.

Read the media release at http://www.foodbev.com/news/dupont-and-evogene-enter-soybean-collabo.