DuPont Pioneer and Mendel Biotechnology, Inc. Collaborate to Improve Water Use Efficiency and Photosynthesis in Corn

DuPont Pioneer and Mendel Biotechnology, Inc. Collaborate to Improve Water Use
Efficiency and Photosynthesis in Corn

License Collaboration to Evaluate and Commercialize Leads From New Physiology

DES MOINES, Iowa, March 7, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- via PRWEB - DuPont Pioneer
and Mendel Biotechnology, Inc., have entered into a license collaboration to
evaluate and commercialize new gene leads for increased water use efficiency
(WUE) and improved photosynthesis in corn. Under the agreement, DuPont Pioneer
and Mendel will evaluate these new gene leads and test them for
yield-enhancement traits in Pioneer® brand corn products. These gene leads
were identified by Mendel in its next-generation plant physiology platform.

"Greater efficiency in water use and photosynthesis can enhance farmer
profitability and productivity, while improving sustainability of agriculture
worldwide," said Mike Lassner, vice president, Agricultural Biotechnology
Trait Discovery, DuPont Pioneer. "We are pleased to collaborate with Mendel in
developing new, improved Pioneer® brand corn hybrids. Working together with
technology innovators increases our ability to meet the needs of a growing
global population."

"We are excited to be working with Pioneer to develop new,
resource-use-efficient corn hybrids," said Neal Gutterson, CEO, Mendel. "We
are leveraging 15 years of focused research in plant gene regulatory networks,
taking advantage of the genomics and sequencing revolutions, to create better
and more sustainable crop solutions."

Mendel Biotechnology, Inc., headquartered in Hayward, Calif., is a leading
plant science company meeting the needs of global agriculture. Since 1997,
Mendel has been deploying its plant gene regulatory network platform and
proprietary tools to improve productivity, resource use efficiency and stress
tolerance of key agricultural crops. Mendel's platform has already identified
technologies for next-generation yield traits in soybean and other crops, and
is the foundation of a pioneering class of crop performance chemistries and
novel herbicides. For more information, visit:

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 Delivering Success™.

DuPont (NYSE: DD) has been bringing world-class science and engineering to the
global marketplace in the form of innovative products, materials, and services
since 1802. The company believes that by collaborating with customers,
governments, NGOs, technology innovators and thought leaders, we can help find
solutions to such global challenges as providing enough healthy food for
people everywhere, decreasing dependence on fossil fuels, and protecting life
and the environment. For additional information about DuPont and its
commitment to inclusive innovation, please visit

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