Source: Divergence Inc.
Divergence, Inc. has received two Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants totaling $500,000, along with renewed funding from the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), to support advancement of the company's innovative work to prevent crop damage from nematodes. Parasitic nematode worms are the largest unsolved pest problem in agriculture, limiting the yield of crops worldwide and causing tens of billions of dollars in crop damage annually.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) both awarded grants to the company, while the NCGA announced continuation of its funding to support work on nematode control in corn. The USDA issued a Phase II grant of $350,000 for development of crops with resistance to root knot nematodes. The NSF provided a Phase I grant of $150,000 for the development of novel, safe and effective nematicidal chemicals for crops, turf and ornamental plants discovered through Divergence's powerful research platform.