Advanta Seeds and Texas A&M AgriLife Research Form Ground-Breaking Partnership

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Advanta Seeds and Texas A&M AgriLife Research partner on research and breeding programs for new technology seeds.

This research is important to provide farmers with new products and novel traits and higher yielding hybrids stable across the seasons.

Advanta Seeds a UPL Group Company proudly announces a partnership with Texas A&M AgriLife Research for seed technology research and development.

The establishment of a new Advanta Seeds biotech research station will enhance the areas of mutual benefit between these two organizations. These include the breeding of sorghum, tropical and subtropical corn, tomatoes and hot peppers, as well as applying molecular markers to plant breeding in sunflower, canola, wheat and rice among other crops. The research station aims to support all global research programs of Advanta Seeds.

“This research is important to provide farmers with new products and novel traits and higher yielding hybrids stable across the seasons,” stated Dr Alberto Leon, Global R&D Director of Advanta Seeds. “This is a new investment that demonstrates the serious the commitment by Advanta Seeds and UPL Group to innovation, and most importantly commitment to farmers and sustainable food production in the face of global food supply challenges.”

Texas A&M was selected to house the biotech research station because they are a proven leader in plant breeding as well as sharing a business-friendly environment with their local and state governments.

“This effort will accelerate and expand our rich history of seed breeding and development to further enhance the profitability and sustainability of growers,” says Ben Adams, Business Director-North America, Advanta Seeds. “We expect new technologies and traits to improve tolerances to drought, pests, insecticides and herbicides as well as increase yields.”

Advanta Seeds is an international leader in the research, development, production, and the sale of high-performance seeds and agricultural solutions.

"We are excited about this agreement with Advanta Seeds because of their outstanding reputation in seed development,” comments Craig Nessler, Director of Texas A&M AgriLife Research. “This will also allow our scientists to participate in cutting-edge research with a world-class company.”

About Advanta Seeds

Advanta Seeds is a sustainable agriculture company providing innovative solutions and
technology to farmers around the world. The company has global operations in over 26 countries and presence in more than 60 countries.

Advanta Seeds prides itself on decades of research and deployment of the most advanced technologies in traditional plant breeding to deliver high quality seeds. Advanta Seeds is a world leader in sorghum (grain and forage) and has leading positions in many geographies in corn, sunflower, canola, rice and vegetables. Advanta Seeds is a part of the UPL Group.

UPL is one of the top agrochemicals company in the world driven by innovation. UPL has more than 4,900 product registrations worldwide and its products are marketed in more than 120 countries. The company provides full agriculture solutions from seeds, crop protection, and plant health to post-harvest solutions. UPL is also involved in designing pre-sowing and post-harvest crop-care technologies. In the USA, UPL operates through its subsidiary United Phosphorus, Inc. (UPI) that has been a premier supplier of crop protection products and plant technologies designed for the agricultural, professional, and aquatics markets in North America.

About Texas A&M AgriLife Research

Texas A&M AgriLife Research is the state’s premier research agency in agriculture, natural resources and the life sciences. A member of The Texas A&M University System, AgriLife Research conducts hundreds of projects spanning many different scientific disciplines to deliver life-sustaining and industry-changing impacts to residents in Texas and throughout the world.

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