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Pioneer introduces new soybean technology

DuPont on Friday announced it is commercializing soybean varieties developed using a technology that company officials say increases yields by as much as 12% per acre. DuPont seed business Pioneer Hi-Bred is introducing five varieties with the technology for 2008 planting, pending product advancement trial results.

This announcement officially launches one of the company's three soybean yield traits from its pipeline to commercial status. It will be commercially known as Accelerated Yield Technology (AYT), which uses proprietary molecular breeding techniques to rapidly scan and identify genes that increase yield and then incorporate them into elite soybean genetics.

Until now, molecular breeding techniques used by the seed industry have only produced single-gene defensive traits in commercial varieties. There are multiple genes in complex networks that determine the final yield level achieved. AYT allows researchers to simultaneously select multiple genes to significantly boost yields. AYT is not transgenic, so soybeans developed from this process are not subject to additional regulatory approvals.

Pending final trial results this fall, Pioneer hopes to introduce an AYT version of Pioneer brand 94M80. New unique genetics are also being developed using AYT and other molecular breeding techniques.

"These technologies allow us to incorporate a complete package of offensive and defensive characteristics that could make 100-plus bushel soybean yields a common occurrence in the very near future," says William Niebur, DuPont Crop Genetics Research and Development vice president.

DuPont on Friday announced it is commercializing soybean varieties developed using a technology that company officials say increases yields by as much as 12% per acre. DuPont seed business Pioneer Hi-Bred is introducing five varieties with the technology for 2008 planting, pending product advancement trial results.

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