STONEVILLE PEDIGREED Seed Co. and Mississippi State University have agreed to a plan that will allow Stoneville to commercialize transgenic derivatives of MISCOT 8839.

“Through this mutual agreement, Stoneville has the exclusive right to develop, produce, distribute and market transgenic derivatives of MISCOT 8839, a new medium-maturity variety with premium fiber quality, “said Don Panter, Stoneville vice president for research & development.

“We expect to be in a position to release several MISCOT 8839-derived products by 2007. Additionally, Stoneville's sales and marketing teams have commercialization rights for the conventional product, MISCOT 8839.”

The new variety is well-adapted to the growing conditions and needs of Mid-South producers, according to Ted Wallace, Mississippi State University associate professor of plant and soil sciences.

“MISCOT 8839 should contribute variability to what currently is commercially available, as well as add options to fiber quality,” he said. “The ultimate goal of our research is to see producers benefit from the release of this new variety.”