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BASF/KWS to collaborate on GM sugar beet

BASF and German seed company KWS Saat (Einbeck) are to collaborate on a long-term project to develop genetically modified sugar beet with higher sugar and energy yields as well as greater drought tolerance. The partners aim to bring the new lines with 15% higher yields to the market from 2020. The companies expect the increased yields to make the cultivation of sugar beet more competitive, making yields of 20 tonnes/ha standard. KWS claims to be the world leader in sugar beet seed, having gained a market share of 70% in North America with herbicide-tolerant sugar beet lines.

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