California, United States [RenewableEnergyWorld.com] Monsanto Company and Mendel Biotechnology, Inc. announced a collaborative agreement for the development of Mendel’s BioEnergy Seeds & Feedstocks business. Mendel and Monsanto have worked together on the development of biotechnology traits for more than a decade in many crops, including corn, soy, cotton and canola.
In this new collaboration, the two companies will apply Monsanto’s experience in crop testing, breeding and seed production to perennial grass seed varieties Mendel is developing for use in biofuels and other commercial applications.
“Mendel sees a bright future for second generation biofuels. We recognize the need to continue growing our capabilities and expertise to enable us to best serve farmers and refiners with proprietary seed products,” said Neal Gutterson, CEO of Mendel. “Monsanto is the global leader in the development and commercialization of high-value, sustainable seed products. We are excited to work with Monsanto’s outstanding technical team to enhance our ability to create high-performing dedicated energy crops.”