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Dow, Pioneer expand Herculex trait access

Dow AgroSciences LLC and Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc., announced today that they will make their family of insect resistant biotech traits more readily available to growers.

The co-developers of the Herculex family of insect resistance for corn have agreed to eliminate a provision that would have delayed when Dow AgroSciences could license Herculex RW Rootworm Protection and Herculex XTRA Insect Protection to other seed companies. The companies agreed to allow the making of molecular stacks with the Herculex traits, as well as breeding stacks with their own or other traits. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

"Regional seed companies will now be able to evaluate and introduce these traits into their lineup in the 2007 season," says Dow global corn business leader Tom Wiltrout.

Herculex XTRA combines the above-ground protection of Herculex I with the below-ground protection of Herculex RW. In addition, all Herculex products come with the LibertyLink trait for tolerance to Liberty herbicide.

"Using molecular stacks will allow us to keep up the pace as we move to stacks with multiple new traits in our pipeline," says Pioneer vice president for marketing Bob Iwig.

Dow AgroSciences LLC and Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc., announced today that they will make their family of insect resistant biotech traits more readily available to growers.

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