Pioneer Hi Bred International issued US patent for maize variety hybrid X08A124

ALEXANDRIA, Virginia , January 3, 2013 () – VerticalNews journalists report that a patent by the inventors Barker, Thomas Charles (York, NE); Wilson, William Andrew (Noblesville, IN); Henke, Gary Edward (Marshall, MO), filed on May 25, 2010, was cleared and issued on December 25, 2012.

The patent's assignee for patent number 8338678 is Pioneer Hi Bred International Inc (Johnston, IA).

News editors obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "The goal of hybrid development is to combine, in a single hybrid, various desirable traits. For field crops, these traits may include resistance to diseases and insects, resistance to heat and drought, reducing the time to crop maturity, greater yield, and better agronomic quality. With mechanical harvesting of many crops, uniformity of plant characteristics such as germination, stand establishment, growth rate, maturity, and plant and ear height is important. Traditional plant breeding is an important tool in developing new and improved commercial crops."

As a supplement to the background information on this patent, VerticalNews correspondents also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent: "According to the invention, there is provided a maize variety, seed, plant, and its parts designated as X08A124, produced by crossing two Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc. proprietary maize inbred varieties. This invention relates to the hybrid maize variety X08A124, the seed, the plant and its parts produced from the seed, and variants, mutants and minor modifications of maize X08A124. This invention also relates to processes for making a maize plant containing in its genetic material one or more traits introgressed into X08A124 through locus conversion and/or transformation, and to the maize seed, plant and plant parts produced thereby. This invention further relates to methods for producing maize varieties derived from hybrid maize variety X08A124."

For additional information on this patent, see: Barker, Thomas Charles; Wilson, William Andrew; Henke, Gary Edward. Maize Variety Hybrid X08A124. U.S. Patent Number 8338678, filed May 25, 2010, and issued December 25, 2012. Patent URL:

Keywords for this news article include: Pioneer Hi Bred International Inc.

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