Divergence has received a $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to continue research into biotech traits for lesion nematode control in crops, such as corn.

The Phase II grant was awarded through NSF's Small Business Innovation Research program and is entitled, "Control of Lesion Nematodes by RNA Interference." The firm said that its Phase I research demonstrated that RNAi can substantially reduce lesion nematode reproduction, which results in larger, healthier root systems for plants.

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