NRGene/Monsanto Genomic Analysis Project Advances

NRGene has integrated and delivered Monsanto’s genomic and breeding data into the GenoMAGIC platform for molecular breeding evaluations.

Published online: Oct 04, 2017 Articles
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NRGene, a worldwide leader in genomic assembly and analysis, announces that the company has progressed in its multi-year agreement with Monsanto Company. 

NRGene has integrated part of Monsanto’s genome data into GenoMAGIC, a cloud-based big data analytics platform, thereby allowing Monsanto to evaluate the ability of the integrated platform to predict, compare and select the best genetic makeup for molecular breeding.  

“We have been impressed with NRGene’s integrated analytics platform so far and look forward to evaluating its impact on our molecular breeding program,” says Tom Osborn, molecular breeding technology director for Monsanto.  

GenoMAGIC was developed by a unique mix of highly experienced algorithm designers, software engineers, plant breeders and plant geneticists and is used by seed companies like Monsanto and major academic and research institutions around the world to support the fight against world hunger. Genomes from NRGene include key global food crops like wheat, corn, sorghum and sweet potatoes.

“Comprehensive genome analysis is the next major step to accelerate development of the new generation of crops,” says NRGene CEO Gil Ronen. “If successful, the GenoMAGIC platform will improve Monsanto’s genomics and trait data evaluation to enable more efficient development of new varieties.”

Monsanto’s research and development pipeline encompasses a broad range of solutions to help growers mitigate the complex challenges they face on the farm—whether caused by pests, disease or weather—while improving their productivity and environmental sustainability. GenoMAGIC delivers greater breadth and depth to Monsanto’s ability to discover traits, enhance genomes, and for genome selection.