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Deal brings Phytelligence fruit technology to India

The Seattle agricultural biotechnology company Phytelligence will supply India with modern rootstocks and tree fruit, grape, nut and berry varieties.
Dan Wheat

Capital Press

Published on April 5, 2018 10:23AM

Courtesy of Amit Dhingra/WSU
Phytelligence founder Amit Dhingra of Washington State University.

Courtesy of Amit Dhingra/WSU Phytelligence founder Amit Dhingra of Washington State University.

SEATTLE — Phytelligence, an agricultural biotechnology company, has announced a partnership with the Indian company Mahyco Grow to provide farmers in that southern Asia nation with advanced horticultural technology.

Plants produced by Seven Star Fruits, a subsidiary of Mahyco Grow, will use the Phytelligence MultiPHY process for higher density plantings, higher yields and more sustainable production.

The partnership will also enable the delivery of new varieties of apples, cherries, peaches, plums, berries, grapes, nuts, oranges and tropical fruits to Mahyco Grow’s existing customers and the region’s farmers, Phytelligence said.

Phytelligence uses micropropagation protocols, techniques and software, developed by Washington State University Professor Amit Dhingra, to produce rootstocks, fruit trees and grapes faster and cheaper than traditional nursery methods and ensure their correct identity through high-resolution genetic fingerprinting.

The Mahyco Grow-Phytelligence partnership aims to help growers plant modern rootstocks and varieties, improve farm incomes and increase fruit quality. The first trees of the partnership will be available for sale in 2018 and delivered in the spring of 2019.

Dhingra, a genomist and biotechnologist, founded Phytelligence in 2012 and is its chief science officer.

Mahyco Grow, formerly Barwale Group, was founded in 1964 and is a leading agricultural innovator and major seed producer in India.


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