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Evogene's unique capabilities in plant genomics enable us to conduct multiple trait discovery and validation efforts under continuous programs to develop plants with advantageous key traits, leading to sustainable agricultural production. Such traits are valued by the industry at billions of dollars. Evogene is currently focusing on developing through means of biotechnology and advanced breeding improved traits for crops that feed the world, including corn, soybean, cotton, canola, rice and wheat.  In addition, Evogene has earlier stage operations in agriculture chemicals and seeds for second generation feedstock for biodiesel.

To date, we have over 4,000 novel genes under granted or pending patents relating to these key plant traits, placing Evogene at the forefront of plant genomics.
The versatility and potential of our pipeline has been recognized by leading multinational seed companies who are partnering with us to introduce hundreds of these genes into their elite varieties and further develop them into commercial seeds displaying improved performances.

Trait Programs

Improved yield allows better utilization of existing arable lands by increasing productivity per plant or per area unit.| With current growth in world population and continuous improvements in quality of life in developing countries, agricultural output would have to double by 2050. Leading seed companies have stated their commitment for increasing yield productivity of main field crops in the next few decades.

Evogene’s improved yield for Monocot program focuses on yield enhancement for corn, wheat and rice, the three main staples which “feed the world” and are used both for human and animal consumption. The commercial corn seed market alone is valued at more than $9Bn.

In addition, the Improved Yield for Dicot program focuses on soybean, canola and cotton, some of the widely and universally grown crops that are used for a multitude of purposes, from food and feed to fuel and fiber.
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Abiotic stress tolerance. Abiotic stresses such as, drought conditions, soil salinity and heat stress, results in reduced yield. Improving plant tolerance to these abiotic stresses increase yield and enables the use of semi-arable lands for agricultural production. |Developing plants displaying improved tolerance to abiotic stress has an important impact on crop productivity and agricultural supply, especially in light of global warming, erratic climate changes and annual loss of agricultural farming land.

Evogene’s program for improving plant resistance to abiotic stress was initiated in 2003 and focuses on key crops, such as corn, cotton, soybean and wheat.
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Improved nitrogen use efficiency results in higher yield using fewer resources by enhancing the plant's utilization of nitrogen fertilizer, which reduces costs as well as land and water pollution. |Nitrogen fertilizers represent one of the largest input costs in agriculture, accounting for almost 25% of the operating costs for a corn producer.

Plants typically absorb less than half of the nitrogen fertilizer applied, and most of the rest leaches into the groundwater and pollutes the environment.|Read more

Biotic stress tolerance reduces costs due to use of pesticides as well as soil and water pollution.| Evogene is currently focusing on five programs for developing pest-resistant crops: soybeans resistant to cyst nematodes, a soil parasite which attacks the roots of developing plants and is one of the most yield limiting pests of soybean; soybeans resistant to soybean rust, one of the most devastating fungal diseases in soybean, bananas displaying resistance to Black Leaf Streak Disease (also known as Black Sigatoka), the most costly and damaging foliar disease to the export-banana industry, corn resistant to rootworm, one of the most devastating pests today in United States and soybeans resistant to aphids, soft-bodied insects that suck the sap from the stems and leaves and its impact on soybean yield has been estimated to reach as high as 50% in some of the prime soybean growing areas in the United States.| Read more 

Key Trait-Crop Collaborations

For most of our trait programs, we are collaborating with multinational seed companies to develop commercial seeds displaying improved performances. The following table outlines Evogene’s partnerships and corresponding traits and crops being developed under each of such collaborations

PartnerTrait(s)Crop(s)
Bayer CropScience AG Improved yield
Abiotic stress tolerance
Improved nitrogen use efficiency
Wheat
Bayer CropScience AG Improved yield Rice
Biogemma SAS (Limagrain Group) Improved Yield
Abiotic stress tolerance
Corn
DBN (Beijing Dabeinong Technology Group) Abiotiv stress tolerance Rice
DuPont Abiotic stress tolerance Corn, Soybean
DuPont Rust Resistance Soybean
Monsanto Company Improved yield
Abiotic stress tolerance
Improved nitrogen use efficiency
Corn, Soybean, Cotton, Canola
Monsanto Company Stalk Rot Disease Resistance Corn
Rahan Mersitem Ltd Black Sigatoka Resistance Banana
Rasi Seeds Improved yield
Abiotic stress tolerance
Rice
Syngenta Biotechnology Nematode Resistance Soybean
Vilmorin Improved yield
Abiotic stress tolerance
Tomato
Viterra Improved yield
Abiotic stress tolerance
Canola