Bridgestone supports research in genetically-modified collaboration with NRGene

Tokyo –  Bridgestone Americas has started a research collaboration with genomic big-data company NRGene to develop new guayale-plant breeds with high yields of natural-rubber, Bridgestone announced 20 Feb.

The partners, it said, aim to sequence and assemble multiple genomes of guayule plants, which are indigenous to the hot, dry environments of the southwestern US and north central Mexico.

Two guayule genomes have already been sequenced and completely assembled, according to the Bridgestone statement.

Physical and genetic maps are also being developed that “will provide a high level of accuracy…

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