News Briefs October 23, 2017


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During last week’s World Food Prize in Des Moines, Iowa, DuPont Pioneer announced several collaborations that showcase its efforts to improve food production locally and around the world. Pioneer and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard will jointly provide non-exclusive licenses to foundational CRISPR-Cas9 intellectual property, and Pioneer is providing the Danforth Plant Science Center access to IP technologies for using CRISPR-Cas. 

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Pioneer In the News

DuPont Pioneer and Danforth Plant Science Center Work to Improve Crops

DuPont Pioneer and the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center have entered into a multiyear public/private partnership to jointly develop improved food security crops. 

Under the agreement, Pioneer will provide the Danforth Center access to its intellectual property, technology capabilities and scientific expertise related to methods for using CRISPR-Cas advanced plant breeding technology. The Danforth Center is applying CRISPR-Cas to staple food crops, such as cassava and sorghum, to produce planting materials with improved disease resistance, nutritional value and enhanced resilience to biotic stresses …Read more

DuPont Pioneer, MIT & Harvard Enable Democratic Access to CRISPR Licensing in Agriculture

DuPont Pioneer and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard announced an agreement to jointly provide non-exclusive licenses to foundational CRISPR-Cas9 intellectual property under their respective control for use in commercial agricultural research and product development. 

“The promise of CRISPR-Cas9 technology in the hands of many will result in a wide array of benefits for the global food supply,” said Neal Gutterson, vice president of Research & Development at DuPont Pioneer…Read more

Iowa AgriTech Accelerator Celebrates Completion of Inaugural Program

The Iowa AgriTech Accelerator recently capped off its 100-day incubator during the World Food Prize in conjunction with the 2017 Borlaug Dialogue. The Accelerator’s startups spent the last 100 days meeting with mentors and investors, such as DuPont Pioneer, to present their solutions to refine product-market fit, perform customer discovery within the industry and build strategic partnerships…Read more

Crop Insights

Plan for Burndown Applications to Manage Weeds

Conditions this season have led to imperfect weed control, so growers should start to scout now for weed escapes, herbicide-resistant populations and emerging weeds. Better weed management begins with understanding what happened this season and identifying a burndown program as soon as the combines leave the field…Read more

Don’t Horse Around, Make Plans for Marestail

Glyphosate-resistant marestail is spreading rapidly in parts of the country. Although growers have only limited experience with the disease, that will change. Pioneer® brand soybeans with the built-in resistant weed defense of Roundup Ready 2 Xtend® technology could provide a solution…Read more

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