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KeyGene, Biogemma Ink Bioinformatics Alliance

By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) - KeyGene and Biogemma announced today that they will collaborate on data integration and mining of genomics and genetic information for sequence-based plant breeding.

The alliance will combine KeyGene's capabilities in molecular breeding, genomics, and sequence-based molecular analysis with Biogemma's technologies in genomics, functional genomics, and gene-based approaches in field crops.

Biogemma, in collaboration with other partners, has developed genetic databases, genomics technologies, and molecular marker libraries for numerous field crops. Biogemma and KeyGene intend to combine their methodologies and bioinformatics technologies for improved analysis of these databases and gene mining for the benefit of both Biogemma and KeyGene customers.

"Data resources in plant breeding are not the major bottleneck anymore," Harold Verstegen, head of KeyGene's bioinformatics department, said in a statement. "This also holds true for data integration capabilities. However, enabling efficient data analysis from a breeding perspective is still a major challenge and therefore new solutions are needed for decision support in breeding programs."

Financial and other terms of the alliance were not disclosed.

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