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NRGene and The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre (CIMMYT) are collaborating to generate the denovo genome assemblies of 20 tropical, subtropical, and highland maize genomes as part of CIMMYT's collaborative Seeds of Discovery project (SeeD).
CIMMYT is an international non-profit research and training center focusing on research and training that increases sustainable agricultural productivity to feed a growing world population and improve the lives and livelihoods of farmers throughout the developing world, including Africa, Asia and the Americas.
The collaboration is anticipated to augment the existing temperate reference for maize and significantly enhance molecular research and breeding for tropical agro-ecologies.
"Technology is the lynchpin to address the pressing need to grow the world's food supply," said Dr Gil Ronen, CEO, NRGene. "The speed at which NRGene's big data genomic analysis delivers results means that CIMMYT be able to quickly apply the information to its practical research."
Fifty percent of modern maize varieties grown in developing countries contain CIMMYT backgrounds.