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Dow AgroSciences, Wageningen UR Enter into Agreement to Use EXZACT™ Precision Technology

Research will focus on improving potato through precise genome modification

Indianapolis and Wageningen, Netherlands - September 20, 2010

Dow AgroSciences LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW), and the Plant Sciences Group of Wageningen UR (University and Research center) have entered into a research agreement to study how EXZACT™ Precision Technology can improve the starch quality of potato, a food and industrial crop of global importance.

Under the agreement, researchers at Wageningen UR in the Netherlands will study the effectiveness of using the EXZACT™ technology in tetraploid potato, a commonly grown crop that represents a major food and fiber source for millions of people worldwide. Dow AgroSciences is providing its technology as well as access to intellectual property, validated, high-quality zinc-finger reagents, and scientific expertise.

“Wageningen UR is a world leader in potato genetic research and breeding” said Kay Kuenker, Dow AgroSciences Vice President for New Business. “By combining our EXZACT™ Precision Technology with Wageningen UR’s expertise and plant breeding activities, we have an opportunity to create significant value and bring innovation to the agricultural market.”

“This agreement with Dow AgroSciences will enhance the ongoing work and expertise at Wageningen UR.  We are thrilled to work with Dow AgroSciences and share this exciting new technology,” said Richard Visser, Professor in Plant Breeding at Wageningen University, whose team is leading the effort with Dow AgroSciences’ EXZACT™ Scientific Leader Vipula Shukla, Ph.D.

Additional terms of the research agreement were not disclosed.

About Dow AgroSciences
Dow AgroSciences LLC, based in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA, is a top-tier agricultural company providing innovative agrochemical and biotechnology solutions globally.  The company, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company, has sales of $4.5 billion.  Learn more at

About Wageningen UR
The Plant Sciences Group is part of the international expertise organisation Wageningen UR (University & Research centre). Our mission is ‘To explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life’.  Within Wageningen UR, nine research institutes – both specialised and applied – have joined forces with Wageningen University and Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences to help answer the most important questions in the domain of healthy food and living environment. With approximately 40 locations (in the Netherlands, Brazil and China), 6500 members of staff and 10,000 students, Wageningen UR is one of the leading organisations in its domain worldwide. The integral approach to problems and the cooperation between the exact sciences and the technological and social disciplines are at the heart of the Wageningen Approach.

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