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Iowa State University, Monsanto collaborate on low-lin soybean technology

The Iowa State University Research Foundation (ISURF) and Monsanto Company announced an agreement this week that resolves a patent dispute related to low linolenic soybeans and establishes a relationship that paves the way for future technology development.

Under the terms of the agreement Monsanto will receive a commercial license from ISURF for current and future low linolenic acid product lines developed by Iowa State University.

The University will receive a research license for the use of Roundup RReady2Yield soybeans. Additional terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Soybeans that contain low linolenic acid content result in more stable oil that does not require hydrogenation. By eliminating hydrogenation, the oil has no trans fat. As additional soybean quality traits are developed by Iowa State, Monsanto's Roundup RReady2Yield trait will be made available for stacked combinations.

The Iowa State University Research Foundation (ISURF) and Monsanto Company announced an agreement this week that resolves a patent dispute related to low linolenic soybeans and establishes a relationship that paves the way for future technology development.

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