Mike Hasegawa, the Bruno C. Moser distinguished professor of horticulture and landscape architecture, and Kenji Miura, a former Purdue postdoctoral researcher and now an assistant professor at Tsukuba University in Japan, discovered the step involved in keeping seeds from germinating in adverse conditions such as freezing temperatures or drought, a factor in the survival of plant species.
inform May 2009, Vol. 20 (5) 307 Dargoire research campus operated by Bayer CropScience in Lyon. The 20 scientists who work there will be taking a multidisciplinary approach to improving the stress tolerance of plants and ways of increasing yields, fields in which the CNRS research teams are among the global leaders. nnn Dow AgroSciences LLC (Indianapo- lis, Indiana, USA) and Schillinger Seed Inc. (West Des Moines, Iowa, USA) announced in March that they had entered into a licensing, research, and development agreement for the commercialization of transgenic com- modity soybeans. Under the agree- The team plans to have a milk-producing found in the tears, saliva, and milk of all ment, Dow AgroSciences will obtain herd of these goats established in Brazil mammals. the Schillinger Seed brand and exclu- within two years and hopes to begin human “We all consume lysozyme in our trials with the genetically enhanced goats’ saliva every time we swallow,” Murray sive right to breed, produce, distrib- milk within three to five years. The milk said. “By increasing lysozyme levels in ute, and sell Schillinger Seed brand will carry increased levels of the human goats’ milk, we are simply providing more transgenic commodity soybeans. In enzyme lysozyme. Known to impart impor- of a healthful protein that poses no toxic or addition Schillinger will continue to tant immunological benefits, lysozyme is allergenic problems.” develop and produce proprietary found at very high levels in human breast soybean germplasm for Dow Agro- Research on milk but at very low levels in goats’ milk. Sciences to use in breeding and com- The new project, funded with a $3.1 mercial sales. In related news, Dow million grant from Brazil’s Ministry of Science and Technology, is under the lead- regulation of seed AgroSciences LLC also announced that it had received regulatory approval ership of Aldo Lima, professor and director of the Clinical Research Unit and Institute germination from the Brazilian National Technical Commission on Biosafety (CTNBio) of Biomedicine at the Federal University of Researchers from Purdue
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