Bayer, KeyGene improve traits in major agricultural crops
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Bayer, KeyGene to improve traits in major agricultural crops

5:57 AM, 24th April 2013
Bayer, KeyGene to improve traits in major agricultural crops
David Nicholson, Global Head of Research and Development, Bayer CropScience.

MONHEIM, GERMANY: Bayer CropScience and KeyGene have entered into a multi-year agreement to improve traits in a number of major agricultural crops. The scope of the first research programme is wheat potentially to be followed by programme in oilseed rape, rice and cotton. With their collaboration Bayer and KeyGene aim at contributing to more efficient and sustainable wheat production. Financial details about the agreement were not disclosed.

In the collaboration Bayer will access KeyGene’s unique KeySeeQ discovery pipeline. This pipeline will identify genes associated with novel traits such as drought tolerance. The genes are then improved via KeyGene’s high throughput mutagenesis method KeyPoint. Subsequently Bayer will introduce new wheat varieties based on the results on seed markets worldwide.

“Bayer has the goal to offer farmers tailor-made wheat varieties with improved yield and other agronomically-important traits including drought tolerance and nitrogen use efficiency. Collaborating with Keygene and having access to their technology will aid us in achieving this goal,” said David Nicholson, Global Head of Research and Development, Bayer CropScience.

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