In Brazil, FuturaGene signed a Cooperation Framework Agreement with EMBRAPA, the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture research organisation. Under the agreement, FuturaGene and EMBRAPA will establish collaborative research programs in eucalyptus and other tree species for the enhancement of sustainable development in Brazil and other territories. The first project to be executed under the agreement will incorporate an aluminium-tolerance gene of EMBRAPA into FuturaGene eucalyptus germplasm to enhance yields in areas affected by aluminium toxicity in the soil. Under the terms of the agreement, the partnership focuses on the development of genetic technologies for use in Brazil but allows FuturaGene to apply the technologies developed under the agreement worldwide, ensuring that innovation from forestry research reaches the areas that most need it.
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