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Oryzon genomics and Hisparroz collaborate in the development of new improved varieties of rice

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Oryzon genomics and Hisparroz collaborate in the development of new improved varieties of rice

An agreement established between the enterprises Oryzon genomics and Hisparroz will allow the development of new varieties of rice that are adapted to the Guadalquivir ecosystem. The agreement covers a 3-year project that will involve researchers from both firms and Oryzon's ORYSAMF technology platform to develop improved varieties of strains already used in the rice- producing zones of Seville.

The ORYSAMF technology, which is currently in its international patent stage, applies the knowledge of rice gene function developed by Oyzon’s geneticists and bioinformatics to the production of custom-designed plants with improved features.

According to the director of Oryzon, Carlos Buesa, “the varieties that we will codevelop and commercialize will cover the demands for an improved technology in the rice producing sector, thanks to the new technology developed. The agreement with Hisparroz, the first signed with a multinational operating in packeted rice, will boost our international visibility.”

In the last five years, Oryzon genomics, one of the spin-offs from the CIDEM-PCB Bioincubator, located at the Parc Científic de Barcelona (PCB; Barcelona Science Park), has developed international cutting-edge technology. Using breakthoughs in genomics, proteomics and bionformatics, this technology allows the application of custom-designed solutions to problems encountered in agriculture and health. “The company is consolidating itself as a primary collaboration partner in the Spanish biotech sector. In the last six months, it has signed project agreements with BASF, Laboratoris Ferrer and Laboratoris Esteve, among others,” commented Carlos Buesa.

The Seville-based company Hisparroz is a major shareholder in the Spanish multinational Ebro-Puleva and one of the leading rice producers in Spain. According to Antonio Hernández Calleja, director of Hisparroz and president of the Ebro-Puleva group, “our business vision for the rice market is to continue to be leaders in innovation, by supporting the optimization of agricultural production and promoting improvements in the quality factors in a sector which is becoming increasingly competitive and demanding. In this regard, the agreement with Oryzon is a clear indication of our goal to lead innovation.”