New Delhi: DuPont will locate its first plant biotech research outside the US, in Hyderabad. Less than a month ago, it had announced setting up a Rs100 crore DuPont Knowledge Centre, which is expected to be ready by late 2008. However, its research activities have already kicked off in Hyderabad, with 20 crop genetics scientists already working out of leased facitlities near the site. By year-end DuPont expects the number of these scientists to grow to 100, a third of its projected capacity.
“The global demand for agricultural crops is very strong. We have the science to help farmers and others across the value chain meet the growing demand. This research centre is going to help us do that faster,” said Wiiliam Niebur, vice-president, DuPont Crop Genetics Research and Development.