Dow AgroSciences, the Victorian Department of Primary Industries Develop Unique Technology Platform for the Improvement of Canola and Wheat Varieties

Mon Apr 8, 2013 5:00pm EDT

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INDIANAPOLIS & MELBOURNE, Australia--(Business Wire)--
Dow AgroSciences, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE:
DOW), the Department of Primary Industries (DPI) of the State of Victoria, and
Sangamo BioSciences, Inc. (Nasdaq: SGMO), announced today the achievement of a
unique state-of-the-art platform for the improvement of canola and wheat
varieties. 

Researchers from Dow AgroSciences, DPI`s Biosciences Research Division, and
Sangamo BioSciences have completed the development of the EXZACT™ Precision
Technology platform for both canola and wheat. Through this collaborative
effort, EXZACT™, which Dow AgroSciences has developed under an exclusive license
for the use in plants through an agreement with Sangamo BioSciences, has
integrated new delivery and analytical technologies into a platform for the
efficient and precise development of traits in crops. 

"This opens the doors to rapidly improving desired traits by the direct
enhancement of the genetics of current commercial varieties and then the
breeding of these important crops to make improved varieties," said Daniel R.
Kittle, Ph.D., Vice President, Research and Development of Dow AgroSciences.
"The EXZACT™ Precision Technology platform may also facilitate the development
of new varieties by the introduction and/or removal of genetic information at
very precise and pre-chosen locations in the plant genome for specific trait
development. The quality and speed of the development of the EXZACT™ platforms
for canola and wheat was only possible because of the dedication and creativity
enabled by the close working relationship between our organizations, and we look
forward to these efforts being deployed toward the common goal of developing new
and improved solutions for these crops." 

The EXZACT™ platform that has been developed will allow crop scientists and
plant breeders to make precise improvements to the genetics of canola and wheat
that will benefit growers around the world. 

"Dow AgroSciences is a global leader in agricultural biotechnology and its
commitment to research and development of technology solutions for agriculture
makes it an ideal collaboration partner for our DPI scientists," said Professor
German Spangenberg, Executive Director of Biosciences Research in DPI. "The
development of this unique technology platform for precision trait improvement
in canola and wheat represents a wonderful outcome of these collaborative
efforts and combined innovation capacity. Its deployment will lead to enhanced
genetics in these major crops of great importance for Australian grain growers."


Financial details of this transaction were not disclosed. 

About DPI & AVS
The Department of Primary Industries is responsible for agriculture, fisheries,
earth resources and energy in Victoria. Under the agreement, Dow AgroSciences
works with the Department of Primary Industries of the State of Victoria (DPI)
through its commercial arm, Agriculture Victoria Services Pty Ltd. 

About Dow AgroSciences
Dow AgroSciences, based in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA, develops leading-edge
crop protection and plant biotechnology solutions to meet the challenges of the
growing world. Dow AgroSciences is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Dow Chemical
Company and had annual global sales of $6.4 billion in 2012. Learn more at
www.dowagro.com. Follow Dow AgroSciences on Facebook and YouTube or subscribe to
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"EXZACT" is a trademark of The Dow Chemical Company ("Dow") or an affiliated
company of Dow.

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Dow AgroSciences
Robyn Heine, 317-337-4807
rheine@dow.com
or
Department of Primary Industries Victoria
Paul Sellars, +61 3 9658 4078
paul.sellars@dpi.vic.gov.au

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