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DUPONT, ADVANTA PARTNER WITH NON-GMO SORGHUM TRAIT
Source: DuPont Crop Protection news release

DuPont Crop Protection and Advanta U.S. have signed a joint agreement to commercialize the DuPont Inzen Z herbicide-tolerance sorghum trait. This advance in sorghum genetics will give growers greater ability to control yield-limiting grass weeds in grain sorghum or milo, a key crop for areas with limited rainfall.

"This partnership addresses an urgent market need," said James Hay, regional director, North America, DuPont Crop Protection. "Today, annual grass weeds reduce U.S. sorghum yields by approximately 20 percent. The Inzen Z herbicide-tolerance trait offers the potential to stem those losses by providing more effective control of key grass weeds, including foxtail, barnyardgrass, crabgrass and Texas panicum.

"DuPont Zest will be a herbicide offering for this tolerant trait but currently is still under development and is not registered with EPA."

"Commercialization of Inzen Z will provide sorghum growers with a number of production and marketing advantages," said Steve Ligon, managing director for Advanta US.

"The ability to control grassy weeds will allow for greater yields, profitability and convenience for sorghum growers. Wešre adding the Inzen Z herbicide-tolerance trait to our premium Alta Seeds hybrids to deliver a valuable combination of top-yielding sorghum genetics with the latest breeding advancements."

No export restrictions are expected for sorghum grain resulting from seed with the new trait.

"Protecting sorghum production with effective grass control will help us take another step toward our collective goal of feeding the growing world population," added Hay.

"DuPont Crop Protection and Advanta US are working closely with regulatory agencies and local seed and crop protection teams to develop a product stewardship plan for the new seed trait," added Hay.

"Our top priority is to preserve the usefulness of this valuable technology. That means educating all parties on stewardship and best management practices before bringing Inzen Z to market."

About Advanta

Advanta US is an operating unit of Advanta, a global seed company and the international leader in sorghum germplasm that combines the most advanced techniques in conventional plant breeding with biotechnology to deliver world-class seed and solutions to its customers around the world. Advanta is a member of the UPL group of companies. For more information on Advanta US and its products, visit www.advantaus.com.

About DuPont

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 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 www.dupont.com.


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