As part of an ongoing partnership with Dole Food Co. Inc., a leading seed company is setting up shop at Dole’s North Carolina-based research facility.

Dole, Monsanto expand on research partnership

Creve Coeur, Mo.-based Monsanto Co. will develop its own research facility at the David H. Murdock Research Institute in Kannapolis, N.C., according to a news release.

Murdock is the chairman of Westlake Village, Calif.-based Dole.

Monsanto has signed a long-term lease to establish facilities focused on studying the taste and nutritional composition of vegetables.

In 2009, Monsanto announced a five-year collaboration with Dole to develop vegetable varieties focused on four specific attributes: flavor, texture, aroma and nutrition.

The companies plan to focus on breeding new varieties of broccoli, cauliflower, lettuce and spinach.