The National Research Council Plant Biotechnology Institute (NRC-PBI) and Dow AgroSciences Canada Inc. (DASCI) have signed a five-year strategic alliance. This research agreement, with contributions by the parties valued at $10 million over five years, builds on a previous five-year $10 million agreement in the area of canola, demonstrating a commitment of $20 million over 10 years to NRC-PBI research.

The research goals of the strategic alliance include diversification of oilseed crops to produce new oil profiles for industry and health, as well as improved canola meal for application in the animal feed industry. The agreement also includes research into the development of plant lines that produce valuable proteins such as vaccines.

In 1999, NRC and DASCI signed a five-year agreement for research into canola. This prior collaboration led to significant discoveries, including the development of canola plants which produce higher levels of oil and canola meal with reduced levels of anti-nutritional factors.

Source: Company Release