Johnston-based DuPont Pioneer and
Mendel Biotechnology Inc., a California-based plant science company, have
entered into a license collaboration to evaluate and commercialize new gene
leads for increased water-use efficiency and improved photosynthesis in corn,
the companies announced. Under the agreement, DuPont Pioneer and Mendel will
evaluate the new gene leads and test them for yield-enhancement traits in
Pioneer brand corn products. Mendel's prior research has identified
technologies for next-generation yield traits in soybeans and other crops.