Monsanto acquires Divergence
Monsanto has acquired the US biotechnology company, Divergence (St Louis, Missouri), for an undisclosed amount. Divergence specialises in the development of novel nematicides and genetically modified nematode-resistant crops. Monsanto and Divergence have been collaborating on the development of nematode-resistant soybeans since 2004. The partners completed a draft sequence of the soybean cyst nematode ( Heterodera glycines) genome in 2008 ( Agrow No 540, p 2).