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French Seed Developer Licenses Evogene IP to Boost Tomato Yield

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Evogene said today that it has licensed to French company Vilmorin the rights to certain genes it has discovered that could be used to improve the yield and stability of tomatoes.
Evogene said the candidate genes involved were discovered using the company’s in silico gene discovery technology and have been shown to improve the yield and yield stability in tomatoes.
Vilmorin will evaluate these genes, which have already been involved in three years of field trials in tomatoes and have shown improvements in yield of over 20 percent in normal and environmental stress conditions, for use with their elite varieties, Evogene said.
The ATHLETE computational biology component of Evogene’s platform is based on Compugen’s in-silico predictive technology, Rehovot, Israel-based Evogene said.
Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

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