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Floragenex, BDI Ink Crop Research Collaboration

By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Plant genomics services company Floragenex will collaborate with BioDiagnostics, a plant seed testing firm, to combine their sequencing, high-throughput screening, and breeding technology offerings.

Under the agreement, Floragenex's customers will be able to use BDI's genotyping and testing services, and BDI's customers will have access to Floragenex's DNA sequencing and molecular marker discovery services.

Eugene, Ore.-based Floragenex said today that the companies will launch their collaboration with projects for customers involved in agronomics and vegetable crop development.

"This collaboration with BDI allows us to apply the Floragenex exclusive RAD LongRead sequencing technology to deliver sequence information in any species that can be converted into useful genotyping assays and diagnostic tests offered through BDI," Floragenex CEO Nathan Lillegard said in a statement.

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