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Monsanto develops genetic blueprint for corn lines
Thursday September 11, 10:24 am ET

Monsanto develops genetic blueprint for female corn lines, may help increase crop yields

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Monsanto Co. said Thursday that it's made a genetic blueprint of its top-performing female corn lines, a step that may ultimately help the agribusiness company increase the yield for each corn seed.

Monsanto, which develops genetically modified crop seeds, said the results will help the St. Louis-based company engineer better performing seeds.

The discovery was made with DNA sequencing methods, as well as data from the maize genome project.

"These sequencing efforts will not only identify preferred genes for our research and development pipelines, but move us into a high-definition molecular breeding era that uses a combination of sequence and markers to derive future higher-yielding hybrids globally," Chief Technology Officer Robert Fraley said in a statement.

The company hopes to double its annual gross profit in four years by developing crops resistant to pests, herbicides and drought.

Monsanto shares rose 30 cents to $101.30 in morning trading Thursday.

Source: Associated Press

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