ACPFGAustralian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics (Australia)
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Dale Baker, the Chairman of ACPFG, said "Dow AgroSciences is a significant company in grain development and production.
ACPFG scientists improve cereal crops' tolerance to environmental stresses such as drought, heat, salinity and nutrient toxicities; major causes of yield and quality loss throughout the world and significant problems for cereal growers.
Pioneer is an excellent partner and we are thrilled that Pioneer has seen value in our joint work," said Peter Langridge, chief executive officer of ACPFG.
There is considerable scientific synergy between Pioneer and the ACPFG and we expect that this will be an important collaborative program that will grow into new areas over time," Professor Langridge said.
It is estimated that at least a dozen new scientists will work at the ACPFG as a result of the new collaboration, reinforcing the ACPFG's position as an internationally recognised crop genomics research facility and one of the largest in the Southern Hemisphere.
The ACPFG is based at the University of Adelaide's Waite Campus.
We're particularly pleased because this deal is the first major agreement with a large US commercial company for the ACPFG, a great achievement given we've been operating for less than three years," Professor Langridge said.
Under the agreement ACPFG and CSIRO will carry out research activities and manage commercialization of NUE wheat and barley products in Australia.
In 2003, ACPFG was established by the Australian Research Council, the Grains Research and Development Corporation and the South Australian Government to develop new technologies for the Australian Grains Industry.