Rosetta Green said this week that it has signed an agreement under which it licensed an undisclosed microRNA from Iowa State University for use in developing plants resistant to nematodes.

Specific terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“Nematode worms are an increasing worldwide problem due to the lack of measures against this pest,” Rosetta Green CEO Amir Avniel said in a statement. “We see once again the potential of microRNA genes to improve plant traits.”

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