NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) - KeyGene said yesterday that it has entered into a two-year molecular genetics research collaboration with biodiesel producer D1 Oils.
Under the terms of the agreement, D1 gains exclusive rights to molecular services carried out by KeyGene on Jatropha curcas, an oilseed tree that grows in tropical and sub-tropical regions and produces high yields of inedible vegetable oil that can be refined into biodiesel.
KeyGene is using its genetic fingerprinting technology to identify different Jatropha cultivars through genetic markers. According to the company, this technology could “significantly” increase the efficiency of D1's breeding program.
D1 plans to develop high-yielding Jatropha seeds and seedlings, which it will supply to a joint venture with BP, called D1-BP.
Financial terms of the agreement were not released.