Pioneer Hi Bred International issued US patent for maize variety hybrid X08A221

ALEXANDRIA, Virginia , January 9, 2014 () – According to news reporting originating from Alexandria, Virginia, by VerticalNews journalists, a patent by the inventors Cunnyngham, Charles Thomas (Tipton, IN); Grote, Edwin Michael (Milton, WI); Whitaker, David Walter (Narvon, PA), filed on September 14, 2012, was published online on December 31, 2013.

The assignee for this patent, patent number 8618385, is Pioneer Hi Bred International Inc (Johnston, IA).

Reporters 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."

In addition to obtaining background information on this patent, VerticalNews editors 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 X08A221, produced by crossing two Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc. proprietary maize inbred varieties. This invention relates to the hybrid maize variety X08A221, the seed, the plant and its parts produced from the seed, and variants, mutants and minor modifications of maize X08A221. This invention also relates to processes for making a maize plant containing in its genetic material one or more traits introgressed into X08A221 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 X08A221."

For more information, see this patent: Cunnyngham, Charles Thomas; Grote, Edwin Michael; Whitaker, David Walter. Maize Variety Hybrid X08A221. U.S. Patent Number 8618385, filed September 14, 2012, and published online on December 31, 2013. Patent URL:

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

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