Bayer/KeyGene ink wheat deal
Bayer CropScience and Dutch agricultural biotechnology company, KeyGene (Wageningen), have signed a multi-year research co-operation agreement to develop crops with improved traits. KeyGene is to identify genes associated with key traits such as drought tolerance in wheat through its KeySeeQ trait discovery technology. Candidate genes will then be improved using the Dutch company’s proprietary KeyPoint high-throughput mutagenesis method. Bayer will transfer improved candidate genes into new wheat varieties for commercial release. The research programme will initially focus on wheat, later expanding to include other commodity crops including canola and cotton.