Monsanto, Dow AgroSciences Form Genome Editing Agreement

October 3, 2016

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Monsanto, Dow AgroSciences Form Genome Editing Agreement
Monsanto entered an agreement to license genome editing technology from Dow AgroSciences. Image courtesy of USDA NRCS Florida

The world’s largest seed provider, Monsanto Company announced Monday that it has signed a licensing agreement with Dow AgroSciences LLC on Monday to license Dow’s EXZACT Precision Technology Platform used for genome editing of agricultural crop varieties.

The St. Louis-based agricultural products and seed company said it will use Dow’s EXZACT platform to research and develop genome editing applications on its research portfolio.

“Monsanto is please to pursue applications of this genome editing technology for the development of new plant discoveries and solutions for farmers,” the company’s biotechnology lead, Tom Adams, Ph.D., said in a statement. “Zinc finger nucleases are a well-established technology for gene editing and this license, together with our existing and other licensed technology, will allow us to pursue product development while further enabling our growing body of research in this emerging field.”

DowAgroSciences’ EXZACT system, which allows researchers to edit genetic traits of plant varieties and improve their qualities by using zinc finger nuclease (ZFN) technology, was developed with Sangamo BioSciences Inc. Monsanto’s statement said the company believes that this type of technology will aid breeders of agricultural crop varieties to efficiently develop new hybrids and varieties of crops.

“EXZACT technology is helping to deliver next generation crop improvements into the hands of farmers,” Daniel R. Kittle, vice president of research and development for Dow AgroSciences in a statement. “Broad adoption of EXZACT by industry partners, such as Monsanto, expands access to solutions that will improve grower productivity and profitability.”

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