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DuPont Leader: Drought-Tolerant Crops Developed Through Modern Breeding are Key to Sustainably Increasing Grain Production
Date:2/4/2010

Pioneer began breeding for drought tolerance more than 50 years ago to maximize productivity in water stress conditions; the program continues today with focus on two product development initiatives. The Drought I initiative leverages native drought genes to deliver significant improvements in yield and return on investment for drought-prone areas. The Drought II initiative integrates transgenic and molecular breeding approaches into the most elite and adapted germplasm to protect maize yields during drought conditions in all environments.

The Maize and Water Synergy conference was convened in order to lend Pioneer’s agronomy expertise in maize growing and water use to help French maize farmers maximize their profitability while limiting water use. More than 14 million metric tons of maize is produced by the country each year. Irrigation accounts for approximately one third of total water consumption in France annually.

Pioneer Hi-Bred, a DuPont business, is the world's leading source of customized solutions for farmers, livestock producers and grain and oilseed processors. With headquarters in Des Moines, Iowa, Pioneer provides access to advanced plant genetics in nearly 70 countries.

DuPont is a science-based products and services company. Founded in 1802, DuPont puts science to work by creating sustainable solutions essential to a better, safer, healthier life for people everywhere. Operating in more than 70 countries, DuPont offers a wide range of innovative products and services for markets including agriculture and food; building and construction; communications; and transportation.

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