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Iden Biotechnology partners with J.R. Simplot Company on gene discovery for potato advancements

Nov 15, 2017

These companies recently entered into an agreement to explore the potential for nutritional enrichment in the potato.

Iden Biotechnology and the J.R. Simplot Company, companies involved in agricultural solutions through biotechnology, recently entered into an agreement to explore the potential for nutritional enrichment in the potato. As part of the agreement, Iden will identify promising genes for potential use in Simplot’s proprietary Innate® biotechnology platform.

Iden will use its identification and screening platform for the development of gene traits of agronomic relevance for main crops like corn, wheat or potato for specific validation of gene candidates meeting Simplot company interests. Iden has established other industrial collaborations for gene trait discovery and development in row crops like wheat and corn.

“We are very pleased to partner with Simplot, a global agribusiness leader, on biotechnological products in potato that bring innovation and value to the farmers,” said Nora Alonso, CEO of Iden. The agreement allows Simplot to further develop traits in its Innate® platform that benefit growers and consumers in the industry.

“Iden Biotechnology is a recognized leader in gene trait discovery and we’re excited to be working with them to uncover new possibilities to improve the potato,” said Dr. Susan Collinge, Vice President of Simplot Plant Sciences.

About Iden Biotechnology
Iden Biotechnology is a biotechnological company operating in the agricultural space, developing products and integrated solutions for crop yield and quality enhancement. The company’s agricultural solutions include a portfolio of candidate genes for yield increase, quality enhancement and/or abiotic stress tolerance. The gene traits are validated on agronomic crops of interest like corn, wheat or potato. In addition, the company holds a portfolio of biological products, plant biostimulants and biopesticides for agronomic use derived from its non random proprietary platform. Iden Biotechnology has a strong presence in US, Europe and India with strategic partnerships for product development and commercialization. For more information visit www.idenbiotechnology.com.

About J.R. Simplot Company
The J.R. Simplot Company, a privately held agribusiness firm headquartered in Boise, Idaho, has an integrated portfolio that includes phosphate mining, fertilizer manufacturing, farming, ranching and cattle production, food processing, food brands, and other enterprises related to agriculture. Simplot’s major operations are located in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Australia, and China, with products marketed in more than 40 countries worldwide. The company’s mission statement is Bringing Earth’s Resources to Life. For more information visit www.innatepotatoes.com.

Source: Agro News, Hong Kong