St. Louis, Missouri-based agtech startup NRGene is partnering with Bridgestone Americas to increase the U.S. supply of natural rubber. The two companies will work to sequence and assemble genomes of guayule, a rubber-producing plant, to develop high-yielding varieties.
“Rubber is critical to every aspect of our lives, from tires to medical devices,” said NRGene CEO Gil Ronen. “Sustainable use of our natural resources is always a key concern, so this represents a major step forward. With more insights into guayule, Bridgestone will be able to increase rubber yields while reducing the resource requirements.”
NRGene develops advanced computational tools and uses big data to identify genetic traits to improve yield, environmental tolerance and disease resistance.
“We are looking forward to utilizing NRGene’s capabilities and experience in agricultural genome analytics to move our guayule breeding program to a new level,” said Bridgestone Americas Chief Technology Officer Nizar Trigui. “This will quickly bring the most advanced molecular breeding capabilities previously found only in advanced row crops to guayule.”
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