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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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Press release – KeyGene Licenses University of Wisconsin Sequence-Based Genotyping Patents

KeyGene and the University of Wisconsin-Madison announced today that they have entered into a service license agreement to practice KeyGene’s patented Sequence Based Genotyping (SBG) methods. Under the agreement, UW-Madison, through its Biotechnology Center (UWBC), is licensed to offer SBG services in all species to research collaborators and clients worldwide. The SBG technology delivers thousands…

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Press release – KeyGene Bolsters Genotyping and Mutation Screening Patent Estate and Boosts Licensing Program

Today, KeyGene announces that it has further strengthened its global dominant Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) patent estate by recent grants of patents in the United States, China, Hong Kong and India. Furthermore, KeyGene announces expansion of its out-licensing program. The company aims to enable service providers, research- and diagnostic product manufacturers as well as academic…

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Ball Horticultural Company and KeyGene Announce the Complete Genome Sequence & Assembly of Impatiens walleriana

Herewith KeyGene shares the press release which Ball Horticultural Company published on January 10, 2018. We are very proud that we were able to contribute to Ball’s successes! The companies’ breakthrough high-quality genome sequence and assembly of I. walleriana leads to more efficient breeding and identification of disease resistance markers for important industry solutions. WEST CHICAGO, IL –…

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Press release – KeyGene Appoints Walter Nelson as Chief Executive Officer for KeyGene USA

KeyGene, a molecular genetics company specializing in agricultural biotechnology, today announced that Walter Nelson has been appointed Chief Executive Officer for KeyGene USA. Mr. Nelson will oversee all of KeyGene’s operations in the U.S., Canada and Latin America. “We are pleased to have Walter assume this leadership role. He has a keen sense of the…

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FFAR: International Leaders Discuss Next Frontiers in Indoor Agriculture

The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research, a nonprofit established through bipartisan congressional support in the 2014 Farm Bill, is bringing together leaders from 26 businesses, seven universities, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and two trade associations to identify opportunities for indoor agriculture to contribute to more productive, sustainable urban food systems. KeyGene, one of…

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How sweet can it be: insights in the Stevia genome

Obesity is a global health issue affecting millions. The leaves of the Stevia rebaudiana (Bertoni) plant produce steviol glycosides, which are 200-350 times sweeter than sugar but contribute no calories. The food industry has a very positive outlook on the opportunities for Stevia ingredients in zero or calorie-reduced products. Consequently, the Stevia ingredient market is…

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Sequence Of Stevia Plant Genome Revealed

KeyGene is proud on its contribution! Below the press release of PureCircle about this great achievement: BUENOS AIRES, Argentina, Oct. 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — For the first time, scientists have completed the sequencing of the stevia plant genome. Lead scientists from PureCircle Stevia Institute and KeyGene have unveiled this major breakthrough in research showing the annotated, high-quality genome…

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