Monsanto will share soybean genetic information

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On June 25, Monsanto Company, the US group providing
technology-based solutions and agricultural products, announced it
would share important genetic...

On June 25, Monsanto Company, the US group providing technology-based solutions and agricultural products, announced it would share important genetic information to accelerate the development of a soybean with improved oils and more protein. This development will help develop healthier soy products for consumers worldwide while improving the economic value for U.S. soybean farmers. Monsanto​ will provide a series of bacterial artificial chromosome (BAC)-end sequences for the soybean genome to the United Soybean Board​. In return, the Board has agreed to provide the genetic sequence data to non-profit Better Bean Initiative participants who are funded through public resources. Scientists use BAC-end sequences to identify the location of specific genetic markers on chromosomes within a genome. By identifying genetic markers on the desired trait, plant breeders can breed plants more efficiently and more accurately. "This donation is one of the essential tools we will need to unlock the most beneficial traits within the soybean genome,"​ said Don Latham, chairman of the Better Bean Initiative advisory panel and immediate past chairman of the United Soybean Board. "It will not only quickly accelerate our goal to develop the highest quality soybean for U.S. soy producers, but reduce the amount of time and money it will take to achieve this goal."​ Monsanto Company has been participating in the Better Bean Initiative since January 2000. Last month, the company donated a Simple Sequence Repeat (SSR) genetic marker, which identifies the low palmitic fatty acid trait within the soybean genome. It is expected to accelerate the Better Bean Initiative's goal of developing a high-yielding soybean that is lower in saturated fat. This technology sharing announcement is the latest action to implement the New Monsanto Pledge, announced in November 2000. The New Monsanto Pledge is a series of commitments that describe the company's policies for products developed through biotechnology, including a commitment to share knowledge and technology with public institutions to benefit health and the environment. Source: Monsanto Company

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