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Pioneer expanding seed research facilities

DuPont today announced plans to expand two of its North America seed research facilities as part of an effort to increase the speed at which the company can bring better products with the latest technologies to its farmer customers.

"We're using cutting edge science, not just for developing products, but to bring those new innovations to the customer faster," said Bill Niebur, vice president, DuPont Crop Genetics Research and Development. "Increasing our speed to market is one way we're going to beat the competition, but more importantly, it means our customers will enjoy the benefits sooner."

DuPont subsidiary Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc., will build a 12,000-square-foot expansion of its greenhouse complex in Johnston, Iowa, to house a proprietary process for testing new traits in corn plants that shaves months off the time it takes to generate critical performance data. The new greenhouse space is expected to be ready for use in January 2007.

The company also announced a 16,000-square-foot expansion of the Pioneer Research Center in Princeton, Ind., that will allow for increased field screening capabilities for corn. Pioneer already has the most extensive global network of research centers in the world. Earlier this year, the company announced a new research center in Brookings, S.D.

"Pioneer has a very robust research pipeline and we continue to increase our research investment to find new products and new ways to bring those products to our customers faster," said Niebur.

DuPont today announced plans to expand two of its North America seed research facilities as part of an effort to increase the speed at which the company can bring better products with the latest technologies to its farmer customers.

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