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Japan Tobacco gifts PureIntro tech to AAFT

Japan Tobacco (JT) and the Kenya-based African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF - Nairobi) have agreed a licensing deal for the use of the former’s PureIntro Agrobacterium tumefaciens-mediated transformation technology to develop new locally adapted high-yield rice varieties for use by smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa. The technology will be used in the AATF’s Nitrogen Use Efficient, Water Use Efficient and Salt Tolerant (NEWEST) Rice Project, which was launched in 2008. JT will offer the technology free-of-charge to the AATF with an aim of supporting humanitarian aid projects.

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