Bayer and Chromatin gene stacking deal
Bayer CropScience is to use the proprietary mini-chromosone technology of US biotechnology company Chromatin (Chicago, Illinois) in cotton. Chromatin has developed a novel approach to gene stacking, using plant DNA to deliver several genes on a single chromosome, the companies say. The deal grants Bayer non-exclusive rights to the technology to introduce its “high-value trait genes into cotton”. It also has the option to expand the deal to other crops. Syngenta agreed a similar deal in 2007 for use in maize and soybeans ( Agrow No 531, p 3). That followed a deal with Monsanto the same year for non-exclusive access to the technology in maize, soybeans, cotton and canola ( Agrow No 521, p 3).