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Bayer enters into mini-chromosome technology alliance

21st August 2009

Bayer subsidiary Bayer CropScience has entered into a technological alliance and license agreement with Chromatin to use its proprietary mini-chromosome technology for the improvement of crops.

Chosen for the approach it has devised to gene stacking, Chromatin uses plant DNA to deliver several genes on just one chromosome.

Under the agreement, Bayer CropScience will gain the non-exclusive right to adopt the technique in order to introduce high-value trait genes into the cotton plant.

Should it wish to, the firm also has the option to extend the technology to other forms of crops in the future.

Chief executive of Chromatin Daphne Preuss stated: “Chromatin is pleased to partner with Bayer CropScience [which,] with its FiberMax brand and other technologies, is a leader in the development of new cotton varieties worldwide.”

This news comes after Bayer CropScience revealed yesterday that it plans to acquire Athenix – a privately-held independent biotechnology firm.

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