News Briefs July 24, 2017


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Innovation is part of what sets DuPont Pioneer apart—as a company and as a collaborator. This week’s briefs cover the launch of a website that connects inventors with our scientists, the CRISPR-Cas patent pool, scouting for Japanese beetles and late-applied nitrogen. Want to speak with a Pioneer expert on these or other topics? Contact Susan Mantey at

Pioneer In the News

DuPont Pioneer Launches Open Innovation Website

As part of its long-standing innovation strategy, DuPont Pioneer announced the launch of a website dedicated to connecting third-party innovators with DuPont Pioneer scientists. The website,, is focused on five strategic areas – trait discovery, plant breeding, enabling technologies, biologicals and digital solutions…Read more

Diving Into the CRISPR-Cas Patent Pool

Getting a patent to use CRISPR-Cas 9 can be complex. For example, ERS Genomics granted DuPont Pioneer an exclusive license to its CRISPR-Cas9 patents for agriculture applications. That means other agriculture biotech firms must work with Pioneer—a potential competitor—to use the technology.

“We seriously consider all requests for sublicenses to the intellectual property under DuPont Pioneer’s control, and terms are tailored on a case-by-case basis,” said Neal Gutterson, vice president of R&D for DuPont Pioneer…Read more

Crop Insights

I Think I’ve Got Japanese Beetles

Japanese beetle infestations are well underway in most corn fields and scouting for soybeans should begin in August. Leaf feeding in corn is typically insignificant, but may be more significant in soybeans, causing defoliation prior to pod fill…Read more

How Late is Too Late to Apply Nitrogen?

Modern corn hybrids have been shown to take up almost 40 percent of the plants’ nitrogen needs post-tasseling. But just how late is too late to apply nitrogen? Rescue applications after silking are generally not encouraged. However, under severe nitrogen deficiency, some response may occur to applications of low rates of nitrogen as late as three weeks after pollination…Read more

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