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BASF, Monsanto Launch Drought-Tolerant Corn

8:59 AM MDT | June 12, 2009

BASF and Monsanto say they have discovered a naturally occurring gene to help corn plants combat drought conditions. The companies say this could result in the world’s first biotechnology-derived, drought-tolerant crop, and they expect the trait to be ready for commercialization by 2012, pending regulatory approvals. The trait derives its drought resistance from the Bacillus subtilis gene, or cspB, which helps the plant maintain growth and development during times of inadequate water supply, the firms say. Meanwhile, BASF and DuPont are trading lawsuits...

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