Collaboration aims for soybean rust resistance

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DuPont and Evogene Ltd. announced a multi-year collaboration to improve resistance to soybean rust, one of the most devastating fungal diseases in soybean. Under the agreement, DuPont business, Pioneer Hi-Bred, and Evogene will collaborate to develop soybean varieties displaying in-plant resistance to rust. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Soybean is one of the world's most important crops, supplying protein for human and animal consumption and feedstock for oil production. Soybean rust is a severe fungal disease, which causes significant yield losses that can reach up to 80 percent of the affected field. It is estimated that the yield losses caused by soybean rust exceed $1.5 billion annually. Development of new rust-resistant soybean varieties would help growers protect harvestable yield against rust, ultimately improving productivity of agriculture.

DuPont and Evogene will jointly generate a genomic database tailored to soybean rust resistance. Evogene will utilize its computational genomic technology, the Athlete, to identify novel genes predicted to improve soybean rust resistance. Pioneer will use proprietary technologies to evaluate the genes in transgenic soybeans, and may advance leads for further development and commercialization. Evogene will be entitled to receive milestone payments and royalties based on the sales of resulting products.

"Strong disease resistance has been a cornerstone to the growth of our Pioneer soybean business," said John Bedbrook, vice president, DuPont Agricultural Biotechnology. "Unique science from Evogene is going to help us more effectively tackle soybean rust."

"In addition to our well-established and leading position providing novel genes for improving crop yields under normal and abiotic stress conditions, such as drought and reduced fertilizer utilization, we are now increasing our efforts with respect to biotic stress conditions, where the crops are attacked by insects, fungi and other stresses," said Ofer Haviv, Evogene's president and CEO. "Therefore, we are very pleased to enter into this collaboration with Pioneer, one of the world's largest seed businesses and a leading provider of soybean seeds, to utilize our advanced trait discovery technologies to address the important biotic stress condition of soybean rust."

Pioneer and Evogene have received an approval in principle for partial funding of the project from the BIRD Foundation, a bi-national foundation funded by the Israeli and American governments, which supports and encourages cooperation between Israeli and American companies in various areas of technology, and provides assistance in locating strategic partners from both countries for developing joint products.


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