Evogene Plants

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The platform mimics, directs, and accelerates the evolutionary processes in plants to avoid the limitations of genetic variation that occurs in day to day techniques crop. Evogene is one of the few plant biotechnology companies in Israel and focuses on improving plant traits such as sweetness in tomatoes or increased plant resistance to salty soil. The technology developed by Evogene genetically modifies a plant by altering its existing gene combinations. This technology differs from the controversial methods used by other companies that enhance the plant capacity by introducing abnormal gene segments, such as bacteria or viruses. In simple language, this means that the process does not imply Evogene carry foreign genes to plants – instead, it combines two segments of the genes of the plant.

For example, Evogene can take part in a gene responsible for 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 grow plants that are then used in the project, using classical techniques for cultivating cross stronger plants that trait. At the end of this process the transcribed gene is introduced into the plant. The plant will then produce seeds that have enhanced features that the company plans to market worldwide. Evogene expects to be the leading company in the process of developing plants and their products, such as cotton with longer fibers and stronger, or rice that resists pests and can grow under harsh conditions.

Evogene plans to achieve this goal by integrating computational biology and plant genomics with classical breeding. Apart from EvoXellerator, Evogene offers customers a variety of products, which together form an integrated service. First, it provides an advanced computational tool, adapted from the research process of Compugen LEADS, which can help customers to predict and isolate genetic systems of high quality candidates and promote candidates in specific problem areas. This capability helps reduce a major bottleneck in the product development sector today. The carrier also offers a particular promotion tool (Promina), which can generate a library of thousands of predicted regulatory elements in DNA. It also offers high throughput cultivation (HTB), which can quickly identify desirable traits generated by the EvoXellerator, and may also prepare cultivation projects in a shorter period and a lower cost than traditional techniques, the company said. This was initially implemented in the tomato, and is now being extended to other crops. To achieve these different tools, Evogene has created a property management information to monitor the vast amount of data generated. This database stores the knowledge created in the process of development.


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