News last update:6 Aug 2012

Bunge, DuPont partner in high oleic soybeans

DuPont said recently that it completed US regulatory submissions for approval of a high oleic soybean oil trait being developed through its Pioneer Hi-Bred International unit, in partnership with Bunge.

DuPont submitted regulatory information on the high oleic oil trait to the US Department of Agriculture and the US Food and Drug Administration, according to a DuPont release. The regulatory move is a major step forward in commercialising the trait, which will reduce or eliminate trans-fatty acids in food companies' products.

The Bunge DuPont Biotech Alliance was formed in 2003 to continue research and to commercialise soybean traits developed through DuPont and Pioneer Hi-Bred, and marketed through Bunge North America.

Dean Oestreich, Pioneer president, said in a statement, "These regulatory submissions keep us on track for commercialisation of products beginning in 2009."

The high oleic soybean oil produced from Pioneer brand soybean varieties will be marketed as Treus High Oleic Soybean Oil. The Treus brand name represents the family of soy products developed as part of the alliance between DuPont and Bunge.

High oleic – low linoleic products are hot at the moment. Recently Cargill and Bayer CropScience joint forces to market a high oleic canola into the Canadian market.

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