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Growers primarily in the western cornbelt will be able to purchase Syngenta's Agrisure Artesian hybrids in 2011. The new hybrids are considered a water optimization line, meaning the hybrids include native traits to help the plants optimize water.
Grant Ozipko, Syngenta brand marketing manager, says the new hybrids should provide a 15% yield benefit over hybrids without the traits in a drought situation.
Researchers developing the Agrisure Artesian hybrids selected traits that:
1) Developed a robust root system under stress
2) Maintained plant and leaf size under stress
3) Maintained cell function
4) Helped plants use essential plan proteins
5) Delayed the plant's shut-down response when under stress
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