Genetics firm wins backing


Eugene-based startup Floragenex won backing from a Midwest seed research company.

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Eugene-based startup Floragenex won backing from a Midwest seed research company.

Floragenex develops products that help plant breeders cultivate desired traits without genetic modification.

In the past, the only way to find out if the plants you are growing for seed have these desirable traits is to plant them, let them grow and then check the outcome. If the grower was looking for disease resistance, the process took even longer — the plant not only had to have the time to grow, but then it has to be inoculated with the disease and watched to see if it survived, [CEO Nathan Lillegard] said.

With Floragenex’s technology, “we identify genetic markers that can be linked to specific traits, such as yield, disease resistance, growth, habitat,” Lillegard said.

Read more at The Register-Guard.

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