BASF, Ghent University collaboration crop yield technology

BASF, Ghent University collaboration for crop yield technology

1:49 AM, 8th February 2012
BASF, Ghent University collaboration for crop yield technology

GHENT, BELGIUM/LUDWIGSHAFEN, GERMANY: BASF Plant Science and VIB Department for Plant Systems Biology at Ghent University announced a cooperation agreement in plant biotechnology. Together they will develop a novel technology to identify genes and gene networks that control crop yield. The project, designated TopYield, will explore and unravel the large natural variability of plant growth under different conditions, including drought stress.

“This highly innovative and very exciting project will help us strengthen our efforts in developing first class yield traits. We see the improvement of yield as imperative for a sustainable agriculture. VIB has an outstanding research expertise in the area of plant biotechnology and is therefore an ideal partner for BASF Plant Science,” said Dr Jurgen Schweden, Senior Vice President, Research & Development, BASF Plant Science.

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