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BASF and KWS Collaborate in High-Yielding Sugar Beet

3:32 AM MST | January 20, 2010 | Natasha Alperowicz

BASF Plant Science (Limburgerhof, Germany) and KWS SAAT (Einbeck, Germany) have announced collaboration in plant biotechnology whose aim is to develop sugar beet varieties with higher sugar and energy yields as well as greater drought tolerance. The partners plan to bring the new varieties with 15% higher yields to the market by 2020. "Within this cooperation, KWS and BASF will bundle their breeding and biotechnology skills to develop genetically enhanced sugar beet," says Guenter Strittmatter, head of research at KWS, one of the global...

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