Evogene enters field of insect resistance Evogene disclosed its entry into the field of plant insect resistance and control. The company’s initial activities in this important field are focusing on developing seed traits displaying resistance to two key insects, corn rootworm and soybean aphids.
Evogene announces milestone in insect control program Evogene Ltd. announced a key milestone in its insect control program with the completion of the first computational discovery round for microbial genes with insecticidal properties. The discovery round utilized a unique computational technology infrastructure consisting of a proprietary microbial-based database and a dedicated analysis platform, BiomeMiner. The candidate genes will be validated against target insects at the Company's dedicated R&D site located in St. Louis, Missouri. Validation is expected to be completed next year. The first computational discovery round using BiomeMiner yielded a set of novel candidate genes with insecticidal properties to be validated against Coleoptera and Lepidoptera insects. These families of insects include some of the most devastating insects to crop yields such as corn rootworm and corn earworm. In addition to these novel candidate genes, the platform also identified previously known genes that are already recognized for their insecticidal properties, providing a proof of concept for the predictive power of Evogene’s discovery platform.