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DuPont Pioneer Drought Research Council Indicates Need for Collaboration, Objectivity and Funding
Date:9/26/2013

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The DRC was first formed in 2011 when Pioneer joined with a group of leading scientists from 10 U.S. academic institutions studying drought to solve for improved agricultural productivity in challenging conditions. The current DRC members (1) specialize in plant breeding, drought, irrigation, plant physiology, agricultural biotechnology and agronomic research.

Patrick Byrne, professor of plant breeding, genetics and biotechnology at the Department of Soil & Crop Sciences, Colorado State University, comments, “The DRC interaction has expanded my view of agronomics and crop breeding and has been valuable for my research program and teaching efforts.”

The DRC meets formally once a year and most recently convened during the week of August 5 in the panhandle of Texas – an area experiencing three consecutive years of severe drought. The group toured a local dairy operation with innovative water use practices, reviewed abiotic stress research efforts by Pioneer and the participating university programs, and visited the DuPont Pioneer drought research center in Plainview, TX.

The DuPont Pioneer Plainview Research Center is one of a network of facilities for the business focused on the evaluation of plant genetics and irrigation management for the development of corn hybrid products and supporting agronomic practices leading to more consistent grain production in water-limited conditions.

DuPont Pioneer is the world's leading developer and supplier of advanced plant genetics, providing high-quality seeds to farmers in more than 90 countries. Pioneer provides agronomic support and services to help increase farmer productivity and profitability and strives to develop sustainable agricultural systems for people everywhere. Science with Service Deliver Success®.

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