The Monsanto Company is supporting a global effort to increase production and quality of cassava by granting the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center a royalty-free license to enabling technologies commonly used in agricultural biotechnology.

"Monsanto is committed to advancing global agricultural research and to using our technologies to benefit science and people," said Hendrik Verfaillie, chief executive officer of Monsanto Company.

"By providing this license, we hope to accelerate valuable research taking place in public and non-profit research institutions to benefit the developing world."

Monsanto's technologies will support efforts underway at the Danforth Center to conduct research and further develop a comprehensive global research plan to tackle the most significant challenges facing cassava farmers, including control of disease, post-harvest deterioration and enhancing the nutritional content of the crop.

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