Technology innovation and integration help advance modern agriculture, and an example of this progress comes from Dow AgroSciences LLC, a subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW), and MS Technologies, LLC, as the companies announce receipt of a significant patent covering soybean plants and seeds containing the innovative Enlist E3 event. U.S. Patent No. 9,540,655 acknowledges the proprietary work done to develop new soybean products tolerant to three herbicides’ modes of action, providing farmers significantly improved cropping systems to address resistant and hard-to-control weeds. The ability to combine multiple herbicide tolerance genes of interest in a single location in high-performing soybean genetics ultimately benefits farmers through bringing forward improved products like Enlist E3 soybeans.
The Enlist E3 soybean event includes, for the first time, three herbicide tolerance genes combined in a genetic event in the soybean genome. These genes provide tolerance to Dow AgroSciences’ Enlist Duo with Colex-D Technology (a combination of new 2,4-D choline and glyphosate) as well as glufosinate herbicide. A product offering of the Enlist system, Enlist E3 soybeans will be brought to market in high-yielding varieties for farmers who want improved weed control and high yields. The innovative product is being developed through a collaboration between MS Technologies and Dow AgroSciences. The patent also covers methods of controlling weeds in a field of Enlist E3 soybeans by applying herbicides, including Dow AgroSciences’ new 2,4-D choline product, glyphosate, and/or glufosinate, over the field.
Dow AgroSciences’ Enlist herbicide tolerance traits and formulation innovations patent portfolio continues to grow in the United States and other key geographies. Dow AgroSciences has filed for broad patent protection for its Enlist traits in major cultivation countries around the world.