Koch acquires Mendel bioresearch business
The US fertiliser company, Koch Agronomic Services (KAS - Wichita, Kansas), has acquired the biological research and development business of US plant biotechnology firm Mendel Biotechnology (Haywood, California). The business will operate as Mendel Biological Solutions and continue to be based in Haywood, California. It focuses on the role of photosynthesis, stress tolerance and nutrient use efficiency in improving crop yields. "By integrating Mendel's research expertise with our commercialisation capabilities, we will offer customers a new line of naturally derived products," says KAS vice-president of biologicals Bill Boycott.