“We are really excited about this new collaborative development effort with Mississippi State University,” said Don Panter, Stoneville vice president for research and development. “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.

“We have already begun the transgenic introgression process and 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, associate professor of plant and soil sciences at Mississippi State University.

“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.”

Wallace developed the variety through research at the MSU campus in Starkville and the Delta Research and Extension Center at Stoneville, Miss.

Panter said the Stoneville/MSU collaborative development effort is another example of Stoneville’s commitment to enhancing its germplasm base and commercial product offerings through its own breeding and development efforts, and through collaborative partnerships with other public and private entities.

“Another example of a successful partnership was the Stoneville/Louisiana State University AgCenter agreement that allowed Stoneville’s exclusive marketing and distribution of LA 887 in the 1990s,” he noted. “A more recent example is Stoneville’s follow-up on the original collaboration with the 2003 release of ST 5599BR, a transgenic derivative of LA 887.”

Stoneville Pedigreed Seed Co. is headquartered in Memphis with research & development sites, and seed production facilities located across the United States and internationally. Breeding cotton since 1922, the company provides conventional and transgenic varieties that cotton growers need today to compete in the global cotton economy. For more information, go to www.stoneville.com.