Chromatin/Syngenta sugar cane gene stacking deal
Syngenta and US biotechnology company Chromatin (Chicago, Illinois) have successfully developed genetically modified sugar cane expressing a stack of heterologous genes. The stack was achieved using Chromatin’s mini-chromosome technology. The ability to offer new trait combinations in sugar cane will increase yields and production efficiency, especially for renewable energy, Syngenta notes. In 2009, the companies agreed a licensing deal granting Syngenta an exclusive licence to use Chromatin’s gene-stacking technology in sugar cane. Chromatin had also previously agreed non-exclusive licensing deals for its mini-chromosome technology with Dow AgroSciences and Monsanto for use in maize, soybeans and canola ( Agrow No 580 p 11) and Bayer for use in cotton ( Agrow No 575 p3).