Monsanto, Mendel partner

By | June 02, 2008
Monsanto Co. and Mendel Biotechnology Inc. have partnered to develop crops for cellulosic ethanol. They will apply Monsanto's crop testing, breeding and seed production expertise to perennial grass seed varieties that Mendel is developing for use in biofuels and other commercial applications, according to Monsanto spokeswoman Sara Duncan.

Since its formation in 1997, Mendel has had an ongoing business relationship with Monsanto. The companies have previously worked together on the development of biotechnology traits of corn, soy, cotton and canola. In October, Monsanto announced its increased investment in Mendel, in part to support the growth of Mendel's new BioEnergy Seeds & Feedstocks business.