NEW YORK, Sept. 24 – A business unit of Exelixis has won a Small Business Innovation Research grant to help it identify novel genes in rice that ultimately may help producers increase their yield of the crop.

The Phase I grant, in the amount of $100,000, will allow Exelixis Plant Sciences to use its ACTTAG gene activation technology to study genetic variations in rice believed to regulate the grain’s resistance to stress and certain diseases, the company said in a statement.

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