Cargill licenses patented canola breeding technology from the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation

    Technology allows transfer of high-yield traits of winter canola lines to
    spring canola lines

    MINNEAPOLIS, Aug. 11 /CNW/ - Cargill has entered into an agreement with
the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) to license WARF's patented
canola breeding technology. The technology - formally titled "Hybrid, spring
brassica napus with winter germplasm introgression" - involves the use of
traditional breeding techniques to introgress traits from winter canola lines
into spring canola lines, resulting in higher spring yields. Introgression is
the movement of a gene from one species into the gene pool of another.
    "Licensing this technology from WARF supports Cargill's commitment to
development and innovation in the canola industry," said Jenny Verner,
president, Cargill Specialty Canola Oils. "Cargill is dedicated to serving the
entire canola supply chain, providing high-yielding, specialty oil VICTORY(R)
hybrids to farmers that ultimately result in Clear Valley(R) canola oil with
zero grams trans fat per serving and low levels of saturated fat for our
customers and the consumers they serve."

    About the technology

    Spring canola varieties grown mainly in Canada and the northern United
States are typically lower yielding than winter type canola varieties adapted
to survive the more moderate winters in Europe.
    "WARF's patented technology provides a method for transferring many of
the high-yielding components of winter canola into the growth habit of a
spring line," said Paul Pucci, WARF licensing associate. "The results are
higher-yielding spring canola hybrids adapted to the spring canola production
areas of North America. For Cargill, it means the opportunity to further
enhance the industry leading yields of its specialty oil VICTORY(R) hybrids to
the benefit of North American canola growers and to continue to supply the
increasing market for Cargill's Clear Valley(R) high stability canola oil - a
valuable benefit to farmers and throughout the entire supply chain."

    About WARF

    WARF is an independent, non-profit foundation chartered to support
research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is the designated
technology transfer organization for the university. Since its founding in
1925, WARF has processed approximately 6,000 inventions created by UW-Madison
faculty and staff, obtained 1,900 U.S. patents, and supported more than 54,000
research projects. Today, WARF offers more than 1,000 technologies for
licensing. For more information, visit

    Cargill is an international producer and marketer of food, agricultural,
financial and industrial products and services. Founded in 1865, the privately
held company employs 160,000 people in 67 countries. Cargill helps customers
succeed through collaboration and innovation, and is committed to applying its
global knowledge and experience to help meet economic, environmental and
social challenges wherever it does business. For more information, visit

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