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Press release – KeyGene Opens a Representation Office in India

KeyGene announced the opening of a representation office in India enabling it to better serve the vast and growing Indian agro food market with valuable non-GM solutions for improved crops. The office is located in the seed capital of India in the southern state of Telangana in Hyderabad. This global expansion of KeyGene will mark…

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Press release – New Genetic Technologies for Public Good & Better Food Crops: ICRISAT and KeyGene in Partnership

A global partnership on technologies to potentially benefit millions of smallholder farmers across Asia and Africa, was signed on May 25, 2018 in Mumbai. The Netherlands-based agricultural biotech company KeyGene and not–for-profit scientific research organization, the International Crops Research Institute for Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) signed a Letter of Intent (LoI), for research and co-development on legumes…

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Press release – Crystal Crop Protection Limited Signs LoI With KeyGene for Improving Its Seeds Business During Dutch Prime Minister’s High Profile Visit

Crystal Crop Protection Limited has signed a Letter of Intent with KeyGene at a high profile trade mission headed by the Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte in New Delhi. Crystal Crop Protection Limited, an R&D based crop protection manufacturing and marketing company has recently acquired Indian grain sorghum, fodder sorghum (SSG) and pearl millet seeds…

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Press Release – KeyGene Revolutionizes Crop Innovation Using Nanopore Sequencing Technology

At the yearly London Calling conference, Oxford Nanopore Technologies today announced KeyGene as the first certified PromethION service provider. In KeyGene’s aim to deliver the highest quality crop reference genomes this is a major milestone, and builds on KeyGene’s own expertise and technology in extraction of ultrapure high molecular weight DNA and de novo assembly….

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Press release – Shriram and KeyGene Join Forces To Develop Improved Hybrid Rice

Shriram Bioseed and KeyGene announce a multi-year strategic co-development research program for development of improved rice hybrids with higher yields, increased tolerance to abiotic stresses, and better grain quality for consumers in India and south east Asia. KeyGene’s innovation platforms will be exploited to boost these important traits in Bioseed’s elite rice germplasm. The program…

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Press release – KeyGene Fortifies Its NGS Patent Licensing Program

Today, KeyGene announces that it has further extended its global Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) patent estate. On February 20, 2018, the USPTO granted U.S. Patent Nos. 9,896,721; US 9,898,576; and US 9,898,577, entitled “Strategies for high throughput identification and detection of polymorphisms.” KeyGene’s NGS worldwide patent estate now comprises more than 25 issued patents in…

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Launch of the CHIC project: Chicory as a multipurpose crop for dietary fibre and medicinal terpenes

Last week the launch of the CHIC project was announced. The CHIC project is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement No 760891. The research will focus on chicory as a multipurpose crop for dietary fibre and medicinal terpenes. KeyGene, one of the 17 members of the consortium, is…

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Press release – KeyGene Sets a New Record in Nanopore Sequencing

This week KeyGene researchers generated 76 gigabases of DNA sequence of a lettuce (Lactuca sativa) genome with a single Oxford Nanopore Technologies (ONT) PromethION flow cell. This is a new record in the plant genome sequencing area for long reads. As the PromethION has the capacity to run 48 such flow cells, large-scale de novo…

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Press release – KeyGene’s Directed Genomic Selection Strategies Patent Upheld by European Patent Office after Opposition

Today, KeyGene announces that its European Patent EP 2813141 entitled ”Directed strategies for improving phenotypic traits”, was upheld after oral proceedings at the European Patent Office. The patent, granted August 5, 2015, is part of KeyGene’s accelerated molecular breeding estate and protects methods for improving phenotypic traits of interest in crops or animals. In contrast…

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Two Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships awarded

KeyGene is pleased to announce that two postdoctoral fellows received a prestigious Individual Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship (MSCA-IF) to perform research within KeyGene. Their work will focus on: Durable Resistance to Broomrape in Sunflower – Irina Calic Discovering susceptibility genes to improve sheath blight disease resistance in rice – Johanna Acevedo García In March 2017 KeyGene…

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