NEW YORK, March 8 - Novartis Agricultural Discovery Institute (NADII) said Thursday it had changed its name to Torrey Mesa Research Institute.

"We chose the name Torrey Mesa Research Institute to reflect the outstanding discoveries and advances that have come out of the San Diego region," said Steven Briggs, CEO of TMRI, which is based in La Jolla, Calif.

TMRI, which was formerly an institute of the Novartis Research Foundation, became a subsidiary of Syngenta at the beginning of 2001 following the merger of Novartis Agribusiness and Zeneca Agrochemicals.

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