NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Monsanto today announced it has acquired some of the assets of genomics-based plant breeding firm Agradis, a little more than one year after the company was formed by J. Craig Venter's Synthetic Genomics and Mexican investment and management firm Plenus.

Included in the assets purchased by Monsanto are the Agradis name, its collection of microbes for improving crop productivity, and Agradis' R&D site in La Jolla, Calif.

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