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Victoria Forges Global Alliance with Dow AgroSciences for Crop Innovation
Date:5/19/2009

ATLANTA, May 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Victoria has forged a global alliance with Dow AgroSciences for crop innovation, Minister for Innovation of Victoria Gavin Jennings announced today at BIO2009 in Atlanta.

The research partnership will see Victoria strengthen its position as a leader in agricultural biotechnology as scientists in Australia and the USA work together to develop new plant traits and plant varieties for Victorian and international farmers.

The agreement - that established a significant collaborative R&D effort between the Victorian Department of Primary Industries (DPI) and Dow AgroSciences LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company -- is the largest international agricultural biotechnology alliance undertaken by the Victorian Government to date.

"This joint research and development effort will accelerate the creation of unique solutions," said Mr. Jennings.

"We are committed to driving world-leading innovation in science, technology and practice, to enable farmers to respond to pressures such as climate change and to maintain a sustainable agriculture industry for the benefit of all Victorians," said Mr. Jennings.

Mr. Jennings joined Jerome Peribere, Dow AgroSciences president and CEO, and Daniel R. Kittle, Ph.D., Dow AgroSciences vice president for Research & Development, at BIO2009 to sign the agreement.

"Victoria is clearly establishing itself as a global leader in agricultural biotechnology and Dow AgroSciences is pleased to set up this unique collaboration with DPI's capabilities based at the Victorian AgriBiosciences Centre, in which technologies and scientific expertise will be shared to deliver plant-based solutions that contribute to improving the quality of life for the world's growing population," said Kittle.

"The initial research projects will focus on the development of
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