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Keygene Collaborates with USDA on Bell Pepper Program

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Dutch firm Keygene will work with the US Department of Agriculture to perform genetic analysis on bell peppers that could result in peppers with enhanced flavor, the company said today.
Under the three-year cooperative research and development agreement, Keygene’s Maryland-based subsidiary Keygene Inc. will use its genetic fingerprinting technology to enable identification of bell pepper cultivars that have improved taste characteristics. The research will be conducted with the USDA’s Agricultural Research Services Genetic Improvement of Fruits and Vegetables Laboratory.
Keygene said that among the technologies its uses are Roche’s GS FLX and Illumina Genome Analyzer for sequencing, AFLP DNA marker technology, and SNPWave technology for diagnostic purposes.
Financial terms of the agreement were not released.

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