Divergence gains more funds for nematode control
The US genomics company, Divergence (St Louis, Missouri), has received further funding for the development of genetically modified nematode-resistant crops. The $500,000 grant from the US National Science Foundation (NSF) covers the control of lesion nematodes ( Pratylenchus spp) by RNA interference. The funds will be used to expand greenhouse testing of crops such as maize. The NSF has awarded several grants to Divergence in recent years ( Agrow No 529, p 3). Earlier this year, the company raised $11.8 million from investors to support the development of nematicides and nematode-resistant crops ( Agrow No 562, p 2).