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Syngenta strikes deal on soybean nematode research

Officials with Syngenta Biotechnology, Inc. announced last week that the company has entered into a collaboration agreement with Evogene, Ltd., focusing on identifying plant genes related to soybean nematode resistance. Under the agreement, according to a company report, Syngenta will receive exclusive licensing rights to candidate genes discovered by Evogene for use in soybean.

Soybean nematode is a soil parasite that attacks the roots of developing plants, and is one of the most devastating and yield limiting pests of soybean. Soybean growers may lose more than 20% of their yield to this pest, while defenses against it are limited. It is estimated that soybean nematode causes losses in the United States alone exceeding one billion dollars annually.

"Syngenta is a leader in advanced breeding to bring our grower customers the best choices to protect yield against soybean pests," says Syngenta Crop Genetics research director Roger Kemble. "This collaboration complements our in-house trait discovery program, creating new sources of genes for biotech traits to strengthen our current offering."

Under this agreement, Evogene will provide Syngenta with candidate genes discovered by Evogene's proprietary computational gene discovery technology. Syngenta will evaluate candidate genes in its soybean research and development program and, company officials say, may commercialize improved soybean seeds developed through this collaboration.

Officials with Syngenta Biotechnology, Inc. announced last week that the company has entered into a collaboration agreement with Evogene, Ltd., focusing on identifying plant genes related to soybean nematode resistance. Under the agreement, according to a company report, Syngenta will receive exclusive licensing rights to candidate genes discovered by Evogene for use in soybean.

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