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Seed World reports:

Syngenta Ltd. and Nexgen Plants Pty Ltd. have entered into a collaboration to develop resistance in leading crops for three key viruses.

The Nexgen Plants technology is based on the identification of a new class of small plant virus RNA molecules involved in modulating a plant's defense response to virus attack.

This discovery allows selective breeding from germplasm collections or the introduction of virus-resistance traits into key crops.

"Crop losses from viral infections are a multi-billion dollar global problem," says Brian Ruddle, Nexgen Plant's CEO. "The Nexgen Plants technology provides plant breeding companies with a range of virus resistance strategies covering transgenic, cisgenic and marker-assisted approaches.

"The Nexgen technology can confer virus resistance into existing commercial varieties or in parent lines as part of hybrid seed production."

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