Bayer CropScience and DuPont have entered into a global licensing agreement for a canola herbicide tolerance trait. Bayer has licensed its proprietary herbicide tolerance technology, LibertyLink®, to DuPont business Pioneer Hi-Bred for use in canola (Brassica napus) hybrids. Pioneer will provide Bayer access to certain proprietary juncea (Brassica juncea) genetics. Financial details were not disclosed.
Canola is a form of rapeseed grown primarily in Canada, the United States and Australia on about 10 million hectares (24 million acres) while juncea is primarily grown on 7 million hectares (17 million acres) in India and has adaptation possibilities in other geographies. Hybrid products bred from this germplasm would have the potential to provide excellent yield and agronomic qualities like drought-, heat-, and disease-tolerance.