NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Evogene said today it will work with the Canadian agriculture company Viterra to assess a number of gene candidates it discovered that could potentially be useful in helping to improve the yield of Viterra’s canola lines.
Under the collaboration, the companies will assess gene candidates Evogene discovered using its ATHLETE in-silico gene discovery platform, which could be used to develop canola with improved yield and tolerance to environmental stressors such as drought or extreme cold or heat that can harm plants.
Improving response and tolerance to such abiotic stress also could significantly expand the geographical range in which canola can be grown, the firms said.
The collaboration will begin this spring and will last for three years. The partners also intend to sign a cooperation and project funding agreement with the Canada-Israel Industrial Research and Development Foundation, under which the foundation would provide financial support for the project.
Financial terms of the agreement were not released.