Dow Agro renews canola research deal

Dow AgroSciences Canada expects “innovative breakthroughs” in a third five-year canola research agreement with the National Research Council’s Plant Biotechnology Institute (PBI) at Saskatoon.

“Our ongoing and future collaborations promise innovative breakthroughs that will have a significant impact on canola growers and value chain partners by enhancing quality and productivity — ultimately creating more value for Canadian canola,” Dow Agro president Jim Wispinski said in a company release Friday.

The research goals for Dow and the PBI include the development of “enabling technologies” and the development and production of “new oil profiles

for industry and health.”

The partnership agreement also includes research into improvements in agronomic productivity and increased yield, the company said.

The renewed collaboration with PBI is also expected to benefit from Dow Agro’s expansion last year into “discovery research” work at the company’s own Saskatoon research station.

As well, the company said it expects “substantial benefits” through also ongoing collaboration with Dow AgroSciences’ U.S. research and development programs at Indianapolis.

Financial terms of PBI’s new agreement with Dow Agro were not disclosed.

The National Research Council and Dow Agro first signed a five-year research agreement in 1999, then renewed the deal in 2004.

“This prior collaboration led to significant discoveries, including the development of canola plants which produce higher levels of oil and canola meal with reduced levels of anti-nutritional factors,” Dow Agro said in its release Friday.

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