Monsanto Company, Evogene Ltd expands fertilizer utilization collaboration

Monsanto, Evogene expand crop improvement collaboration

6:51 AM, 31st October 2013
Monsanto Company, Evogene business news
Ofer Haviv, President and CEO, Evogene.

ST LOUIS, US/REHOVOT, ISRAEL: Monsanto Company and Evogene Ltd have extended and expanded their research and development collaboration covering yield, environmental stress and fertilizer utilization in corn, soybean, cotton and canola to August 2016. The expansion of the collaboration includes a programme for resistance to Stalk Rot disease caused by Fusarium species.

The collaboration, initially signed in 2008 and later extended in 2011, has focused on identifying key plant genes related to yield, environmental stress and fertilizer utilization in corn, soybean, cotton and canola. The newly signed agreement extends these existing programme through to August 2016, and adds a new five year programme for the identification of genes providing resistance to Stalk Rot disease in corn, caused by multiple Fusarium species. Fusarium is a family of fungi that causes significant yield loss across the world’s major crops.

“We are extremely pleased with Monsanto’s decision to again extend our excellent broad collaboration in the areas of yield and abiotic stress tolerance with respect to the four major field crops. The addition of a new discovery programme focused on Fusarium resistance is another indication of Evogene’s growing commitment and activities targeted at biotic stress related conditions, and the broad applicability of our unique technology platform,” said Ofer Haviv, President and CEO, Evogene.

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