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Monsanto donates cotton genome technology

Monsanto has donated some 4,000 molecular markers and associated information on cotton to the independent US research organisation, Texas AgriLife Research, for public release to genome mapping projects. Monsanto scientists have identified areas of the cotton genome associated with disease resistance and higher yield potential. Adding markers helps researchers easily find these and other specific traits. “Markers let us screen a lot of cotton varieties in the lab before even going to the field,” says John Purcell, Monsanto’s head of global cotton technology. “This saves a lot of time and money.”

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