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MEDIA ADVISORY: Iowa State University Licenses Technology on How Nematodes Attack Plants
August 14th, 2012
The Iowa State University Research Foundation and an agricultural biotechnology company have signed a license agreement to develop nematode-resistant plants. The agreement is based on Iowa State University’s breakthrough research in deciphering how plant-parasitic microscopic roundworms (cyst nematodes) infect plants. Cyst nematodes are damaging pathogens of plants worldwide and soybean cyst nematodes cause an estimated loss of $1 billion dollars annually to U.S. soybean producers.
A recent news release about the research results can be found at http://www.ag.iastate.edu/news/releases/1024/. The Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) funded research that led to the discovery. ISA invests more than $3 million per year of soybean growers’ checkoff dollars on soybean research at Iowa State.
More on the agreement announced today with Rosetta Green can be found in the company news release at http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/news.html?d=10001944.