Genomic analysis project accelerates seed development

Thursday, 05 October, 2017

After announcing their multiyear global licensing agreement earlier this year, NRGene and Monsanto’s partnership has progressed.

Genomic big data company NRGene has integrated part of Monsanto’s genome data into its cloud-based big data analytics platform, GenoMAGIC. As a result, Monsanto can evaluate the ability of the integrated platform to predict, compare and select the best genetic make-up for molecular breeding.

“We have been impressed with NRGene’s integrated analytics platform so far and look forward to evaluating its impact on our molecular breeding program,” said Dr Tom Osborn, Molecular Breeding Technology Director for Monsanto.

GenoMAGIC can be used by agricultural companies like Monsanto and other academic and research institutions to support the fight against world hunger. Genomes from NRGene include key global food crops like wheat, maize, sorghum and sweet potatoes.

“Comprehensive genome analysis is the next major step to accelerate development of the new generation of crops,” Dr Gil Ronen, CEO of NRGene, explained. “If successful, the GenoMAGIC platform will improve Monsanto’s genomics and trait data evaluation to enable more efficient development of new varieties.”

Monsanto plans to carry out a number of research and development projects in the future to help farmers alleviate the challenges they face on the farm, such as preventing pests, disease or the effects of poor weather conditions. They also aim to improve farmers’ productivity and environmental sustainability. GenoMAGIC delivers greater breadth and depth to Monsanto’s ability to discover traits, enhance genomes and for genome selection.

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