- Expansion adds Evogene’s Gene2ProductTM
computational platform designed to increase probability of success and
efficacy of novel seed products -
REHOVOT, Israel--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
Evogene Ltd. (TASE: EVGN), a plant genomics company specializing in
enhancing crop productivity for the food, feed and biofuel industries,
today announced the extension and expansion of its multi-year research
collaboration with DuPont Pioneer, the seed business of DuPont
(NYSE:DD), for developing soybean varieties displaying resistance to
Asian Soybean Rust (ASR).
Soybean is one of the most important commercial crops around the world,
supplying protein for human and animal consumption, as well as feedstock
for oil production. ASR is a major disease that affects the crop, mostly
in the prime soybean growing regions of North and South America.
As part of the original collaboration, signed in 2011, Evogene and
Pioneer established a joint research program aimed at identifying and
validating novel genes portraying the highest probability for in-plant
resistance to ASR. Under the program, novel genes identified by Evogene
will be evaluated and validated by Pioneer in their soybean research
lines as possible leads for further development and commercialization.
Under the one-year extension announced today, the parties will add
Evogene's Gene2ProductTM computational platform to the gene
discovery program. The platform, which offers gene optimization by
utilizing advanced gene stacking (i.e. combining of multiple genes) and
regulation prediction, is designed to improve the efficacy and
probability of success of the resulting novel seed products.
Ofer Haviv, President and CEO, Evogene stated: "Our Gene2ProductTM
platform is a key component of our predictive capabilities aimed at
utilizing improved gene efficacy to reduce development timeframes and
promote the probability of success of end-products. Under the joint
DuPont Pioneer/Evogene ASR program to date, significant progress has
been made and an excellent collaborative relationship established.
Therefore we are very pleased that Pioneer has chosen to expand and
accelerate our efforts by incorporating this recently developed Evogene
“Asian soybean rust remains a challenge for growers,” said Gusui Wu,
Senior Research Director, DuPont Pioneer. “We value our
collaboration with Evogene and their technology strengths to help
deliver effective resistance to this devastating disease to our