Icoria will be using its gene research technology for a crop research project with DuPont Crop Protection.

The deal includes an upfront payment, milestone payments and royalties on potential products. Specific terms were not disclosed.

Icoria said it will use its high throughput screening process called ChemTraits to identify potential compounds from DuPont’s chemical library that could improve crop productivity. DuPont wants to increase nutrient uptake and tolerance of environmental stress.

“Through our ChemTraits program, Icoria is looking for ways to trigger a plant’s natural genetic capacity to respond to environmental stress and suboptimal growing conditions,” said Keith Davis, Icoria’s vice president of agricultural biotechnology, in a statement.

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