Dow and ICS-CAAS Join Forces to Further Rice Research and Product Development in China

Looking to capitalize on expertise and to develop new rice products, Dow AgroSciences LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company, has entered into a collaboration agreement with the Institute of Crop Sciences of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (ICS-CAAS). Under the agreement, Dow AgroSciences grants ICS-CAAS a royalty-free, non-transferable research and commercialization license for its proprietary EXZACT Precision Genome Editing Technology to be used in rice in China. Scientists from the two organizations will work together to develop an industry-leading rice genome editing technology platform.

ICS-CAAS indicates this collaboration is a milestone, which will accelerate the development of rice genome editing technology platform in China. It will have significant impact in developing new agronomic traits in rice.

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“Our collaboration with ICS-CAAS, a world-renowned agricultural science research organization, is one with great promise,” said Tim Hassinger, President and CEO of Dow AgroSciences. “We have a long-term commitment in China as a strategic partner for agricultural sustainability and best practices. The EXZACT Precision Technology collaboration with CAAS is a strong example of this commitment, which will significantly enable Chinese scientists to improve rice research and product development, thus benefiting China’s long term food security.”

Read more about the Dow AgroSciences, ICS-CAAS collaboration.