Our established capabilities in plant genomics have already yielded a rich R&D pipeline of beneficial plant traits, such as improved yield and drought tolerance, for a wide diversity of key crops. We have performed over 20 gene-discovery rounds, yielding over 4,000 genes under granted and pending patents. Hundreds of these genes have proven to be relevant to enhancing traits in model plants, and are currently under development in the pipelines of leading ag-companies.
Our accomplishments are derived from a combination of several key capabilities & assets established:
Cutting edge computational technologies
Evogene’s core competence is our computational technologies - ATHLETE™, Gene2Product™, EvoBreed™ and PoinTar™. Our computational technologies combine unique computational analysis tools with extensive plant genetics and agriculture know-how, resulting in a rich, robust and reliable trait pipeline.
Diverse data from field experiments
Our computational technologies are designed to analyze various data type of diﬀerent organisms, including genomes, RNA, metabolite and phenotypic data sets, covering over 200 plant species from both public and self-generated proprietary data, allowing to predict the eﬀect and compatibility level of candidate genes. Generation of proprietary data involves field trials for various crops in our growth sites throughout Israel and under various treatments, in accordance to the target trait of interest.
Proof of concept in plants
We have developed a high throughput state of the art model plant validation platform, with a capacity for validating over 1,200 genes per year. Validation in target crops (e.g. corn, soybean) is usually carried out by our partners.
Extensive plant scientific know-how
75% of our personnel are involved in R&D with over 25% holding a Ph.D. degree. Our multi-disciplinary team includes experts for plant genetics, plant physiology, plant protection, agronomy as well as first tier bioinformatics expertise. In addition, we benefit from tight interactions with the agriculture and plant science academia.