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Posted on August 4, 2014 in News

The technology developed by Evogene genetically modifies a plant by altering their existing gene combinations. This technology differs from the controversial methods used by other companies that enhance the capacity of the plant by introducing anomalous genetic segments, such as bacteria or viruses. In simple language, this means that Evogene process does not carry strange plants genes in place, combines two segments of genes from the plant. For example, Evogene can take part in gene responsible for the sweet taste and combine it with part of another gene in the same plant, responsible for the expression of the trait in the fruit. This will result in a sweeter fruit. Evogene greenhouses then cultivated plants that are used in the project, using classical techniques Crusades to cultivate the plant stronger for that trait.

At the end of this process the transcribed gene is inserted into the plant. The plant will then produce seeds that carry the enhanced features that the company plans to sell around the world. Evogene hopes to be the leading company in the process of developing plants and derived products, such as cotton with longer and stronger fibers, or rice that resists pests and can grow under harsh conditions. Evogene plans to achieve this goal by integrating plant genomics and computational biology with the classic crop. Apart from the EvoXellerator, Evogene offers customers various products, which together form an integrated service. Firstly, it offers an advanced computational tool adapted from the research process LEADS Compugen, which can help customers to predict and isolate genetic candidates of high quality systems and promoting candidates in specific problem areas. This capability helps reduce a major bottleneck in the development sector of the product today.

The company also offers a tool of certain promotion (proMine), which can generate a library of thousands of predicted DNA regulatory elements. It also offers high throughput of crop (HTB), that can quickly identify the desirable traits generated by the EvoXellerator, and can also prepare the crop of projects in a shorter period and at one cost less than traditional techniques, according to the company. This was initially implemented in the tomato sauce, and it is now expanding to other crops. To achieve these different tools, Evogene has created a system of management of proprietary information to follow the huge amount of data generated. This database stores the knowledge created in the process of development.

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