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New partnership to advance science for agriculture

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Dow AgroSciences Australia is working with the Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) of the State of Victoria on several initiatives to advance science for agriculture.

Dow AgroSciences has worked with DEPI through its commercial arm, Agriculture Victoria Services Pty Ltd. (AVS) to apply the company’s EXZACT Precision Technology Platform to improve the performance of canola varieties. The partnership between the two organisations began in 2009 and is onto its seventh project.

The project builds on previous work from the collaboration, and is using the EXZACT Precision Genome Editing Technology Platform to continue developing new varieties of canola with enhanced performance designed to benefit farmers in Australia and around the world. This new research project will be based at DEPI’s AgriBio research facilities in Bundoora.

AVS has also entered into a major Research License Agreement with Dow AgroSciences to conduct research using the company’s proprietary EXZACT Precision Genome Editing Technology Platform to enhance the genetics of crops of importance to Australian primary producers.

Dow AgroSciences President and CEO Tim Hassinger explains that collaboration is essential to advance agriculture; the two organisations have advanced the EXZACT Precision Technology Platform from capability building to a platform technology to develop new products. Dow AgroSciences is confident the collaboration will help advance science and provide solutions that will play a role in moving agriculture forward.

Both the new project and the license agreement focus on precision genome editing technologies using EXZACT, which Dow AgroSciences has developed under an exclusive license and collaboration agreement with Sangamo BioSciences, Inc.

In addition to accelerating the creation of new crop varieties and lines, EXZACT Precision Technology Platform also offers the capability to develop novel gene combinations in commercial varieties that will rapidly allow the production of crops with improved performance.

Professor German Spangenberg, DEPI’s Executive Director, Biosciences Research and Director of AgriBio comments that there is great benefit and potential in collaborating with leading research organisations such as Dow AgroSciences, with the crop innovation partnership having already achieved major science milestones. 

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