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Bayer/KeyGene ink canola deal

Bayer CropScience has reached an exclusive trait development agreement with Dutch biotechnology company KeyGene (Wageningen) to produce improved varieties of oilseed rape. The collaboration will initially focus on the use of KeyGene’s proprietary targeted mutagenesis methodology, KeyBase, to develop innovative traits for new oilseed rape varieties. Bayer also has the option to expand the trait development alliance to include KeyBase-mediated development of proprietary Bayer and/or KeyGene traits in cotton and rice. Financial details of the agreement were not disclosed. Bayer led a collaborative project that included KeyGene that sequenced the complete genome of oilseed rape in 2009 ( Agrow No 578, p 5).

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