Dow AgroSciences Renews Strategic Alliance with NRC in Plant Biotechnology

    SASKATOON, June 5 /CNW/ - Dow AgroSciences Canada Inc. announced today it
has renewed its strategic alliance with the National Research Council Plant
Biotechnology Institute (NRC-PBI) of Saskatoon for an additional five-year
term. This research agreement builds on previous agreements over the past 10
years. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
    "This third five-year term of the alliance further leverages PBI and Dow
AgroSciences research and product development," said Jim Wispinski, president
for Dow AgroSciences Canada Inc. "Our ongoing and future collaborations
promise innovative breakthroughs that will have a significant impact on canola
growers and value chain partners by enhancing quality and productivity;
ultimately creating more value for Canadian canola."
    The research goals of the strategic alliance include the development of
enabling technologies and the development and production of new oil profiles
for industry and health. The agreement also includes research into
improvements in agronomic productivity and increased yield. The collaboration
with NRC-PBI will further benefit from the 2008 expansion of Dow AgroSciences
Canada's Research Station in Saskatoon into discovery research. Substantial
benefits are also expected from ongoing collaboration with Dow AgroSciences'
Indianapolis R&D programs.
    In 1999, NRC and Dow AgroSciences Canada Inc. signed a five-year
agreement for research in canola and enabling technologies. This prior
collaboration led to significant discoveries, including the development of
canola plants which produce higher levels of oil and canola meal with reduced
levels of anti-nutritional factors. This agreement was renewed in 2004 for an
additional five years. The start of this strategic alliance in 1999 was an
obvious step to link NRC-PBI's expertise to Dow AgroSciences' research
interests to improve canola quality and productivity.

    About Dow AgroSciences

    Dow AgroSciences Canada Inc. provides solutions in weed, insect and
disease management and plant genetics including NEXERA(*) canola, for Canadian
growers, ranchers, foresters and industrial vegetation managers. With more
than 140 employees throughout Canada, Dow AgroSciences is headquartered in
Calgary. For more information about Dow AgroSciences Canada Inc. visit or call the Solutions Center at 1.800.667.3852.

    (*) Trademark of Dow AgroSciences LLC

For further information:

For further information: Robyn Heine, Dow AgroSciences, (317) 337-4807

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