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February 11, 2014
07:15 EDTEVGNEvogene launches target discovery platform for novel herbicides
Evogene announced a key milestone in its discovery program for novel chemical herbicides with the launch of PoinTar, a computationally based target discovery platform for novel herbicides. Targets are key molecules, responsible for essential biological processes in weeds, which have the potential to be chemically inhibited to cause weed death. The launch of the PoinTar platform is the first key milestone in the program. An important feature of the new platform, in addition to the predictive discovery of potential targets, is the ability to prioritize the resulting predictions for proteins on the basis of structural information such as ‘drugability’, that is the ability of the predicted target to interact with a chemical molecule. In addition, PoinTar is able to identify non-coding RNAs as potential targets, adding a substantial new class of overlooked molecules to the discovery process. The combination of these two computationally based features is anticipated to provide a unique and effective target discovery capability. The remaining key development milestone for the establishment of Evogene's herbicide discovery capability is the completion of a second, complementary platform for the discovery of chemical molecules that are designed to inhibit the activity of targets discovered using the PoinTar platform. These chemical molecules will then serve as the active ingredients for the final herbicide product.
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October 20, 2014
05:34 EDTEVGNEvogene, Embrapa too cooperate on castor cultivation in Brazil
The Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation, or Embrapa, and Evogene announced the signing of a joint research agreement between Embrapa and Evofuel Ltd., Evogene's wholly-owned subsidiary, for the advancement of castor cultivation in Brazil. The cooperation will primarily focus on technologies for controlling castor-specific diseases as well as practices for castor cultivation in rotation with soybean. The agreement is set to bring Embrapa's substantial experience in research and development of castor together with Evofuel's proprietary castor varieties, which are adapted to mechanized harvest and modern agricultural protocols, to offer Brazilian growers a full-scale solution for an economically viable, sustainable, and large-scale cultivation of castor.

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