NEW YORK, May 31 – ViaLactia Biosciences of Auckland, New Zealand and Orion Genomics of St. Louis, Mo., said Thursday they had agreed to team up to develop improved species of forage plants as well as the technologies for agricultural genomics.

Under the terms of the deal, Orion will apply its GeneThresher technology to sequence and identify genes in important forage grass species.  The two companies will then work together to develop DNA microchips, SNP detection tools, and sequence databases.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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