Crop Biotech Update

Bioseed and KeyGene Develop Crops for India and SE Asia

March 30, 2012

Bioseed Research India and KeyGene announced their collaboration to discover new traits for crop varieties suitable for South and South East Asia. The new traits will be used to develop crop varieties that will not only have high yields but can also tolerate abiotic stress such as drought.

"The aim of this strategic investment is to generate added value in corn and rice by increasing abiotic stress tolerance, in particular drought tolerance, for the Indian and South-East Asian seed market. The seed company, the trait research company and the farmer all benefit from the added value of products developed in the program," said Arjen van Tunen, CEO of KeyGene. "It will also help to secure the productivity and income of the farmers, particularly when more difficult environmental circumstances are applicable," he added.

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