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Devgen, DuPont Extend Research Agreement on Pest-Resistant Crops

NEW YORK, May 18 (GenomeWeb News) - DuPont subsidiary Pioneer Hi-Bred International and Devgen have extended a research collaboration aimed at developing nematode-resistant crops, the firms said today.


Devgen will receive research payments and it is eligible for milestones and royalties, the companies said.


Devgen will use its technology to identify and express genes useful to plant resistance to nematodes, and Pioneer will incorporate the findings into new crop varieties, the companies added.


Devgen's technology uses gene knockdown approaches, including RNAi, in C. elegans to identify and validate drug targets, determine compounds' mechanisms of action, and develop RNAi-based transgenic crops.

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