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KeyGene, Incotec Seek to Improve Seed Quality Through Better SNPs

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – KeyGene and Incotec today announced a collaboration to improve seed quality and production using DNA-based SNP technology.

The Dutch firms will develop, identify, and select SNPs from a variety of crops to test for hybrid purity and variety verification and then develop a proprietary set of SNPs, under the terms of the deal. The SNP set will be tested on broad germplasm collections originating from all over the planet in order to ensure the widest possible utility, they said.

KeyGene and Incotec will make the SNP sets available to seed companies. In addition to field crops such as cotton, corn, and sunflower, SNP sets will be developed for vegetables, they added. Incotec will market services based on the SNP sets and will perform testing of varieties and determination of hybrid purity.

"Until now, the logistics of developing SNPs and the necessity of running a specialized molecular lab for DNA-based seed testing has been the main reason for keeping this technology out of reach for many companies," Rob Pronk, managing director of Incotec Analytical Lab Europe, said in a statement. "With the new services we are offering, a broad range of companies can now increase their quality control and improve their product development."

Financial and other terms were not disclosed.

KeyGene develops molecular diagnostics for the ag-bio market. Last month, it and Bioseed Research India announced a deal to increase crop yields.

Incotec develops coating and seed technology.