Academic researchers and public institutions now have free access to Monsanto's cyst nematode marker technology to develop new soybean varieties aimed at resisting the yield-robbing pest. "During the past seven years we have been investigating ways to identify soybean cyst nematode resistant traits in soybeans using genetic markers. By sharing what we know, researchers around the world will be able to more accurately identify resistant soybeans and breed for them," said Bob Reiter, Vice President of Breeding Technology for Monsanto.
Academic researchers and public institutions who request access will be given a royalty-free license for using the rhg1 marker under a patent that was granted to Monsanto in December 2006 (Hauge et al., U.S. Patent No. 7,154,021). Researchers are encouraged to contact Connie Armentrout with Monsanto's technology alliances team at (314) 694-5898 or firstname.lastname@example.org for information regarding how to obtain a license or gain access to this technology.