Neogram® is agribiotech company created in early 2011, with the purpose of increasing plant biomass conversion in a sustainable way. To achieve this, we have developed a non-GMO PreBreeding platform that effectively enhances tropical and subtropical pastureland productivity.
BSc & MSc in Biology
BSc & MSc in Biology
PhD in Chemistry
BSc & MSc in Biology
We seek to work in a multidiciplinary way with the best local experts in pasture genetics, breeding, technology transfer & business, to complement our strengths and core capabilities. From the beginning we have been working in collaboration with leading institutions to effectively achieve our goals. So far we have raised financial support from different sources.
CONICET adjunct researcher at INTA. Specialist in breeding of tropical and subtropical forage grasses
PhD in Agronomy, UBA, specialist in genetics. IncUBAagro Director and associate professor at FAUBA
PhD in Science at the UBA, MIT student, specialist in Project Management & Technology Transfer
Mentor trainer, jury at the NAVES competition of the IAE Business School and Investor of the IAE Business Angels Club
NeoGram is an argentinean biotechnology-based company that has decided to contribute to the development of asustainable livestock production. We have the clear purpose of increasing the efficiency of the cattle production schemes. We seek to promote the responsible technification for the livestock industry and the generation of local technology.
To achieve this, we address the molecular breeding of tropical and subtropical pastures, through research and application of biotechnology techniques:
Through this technology, we work on the existing plant genetics, inducing variability. A pos hoc analysis is performed, seeking early markers for each feature that is required to improve and variants of interest are selected. This allows us to accelerate some steps in the conventional breeding programs with a non-GMO, versatile and inexpensive platform.
In general terms, once the variability is induced in the species of interest, the developed platform allows us to perform an analysis of physiological and/or biochemical markers for each feature that needs to be improved.
With this strategy, for example, we generate a population of Rhodes Grass with potential improvements for the GRAMAX project and we selected plants with higher digestibility.
By transgenesis we can incorporate novel characteristics on the genetic background of the plant. Thus, it is possible to introduce features that provide innovative attributes into the breeding programs that would not be achieved by other means.
We develop a platform of transgenesis on topicales and subtropical pastures. Using tissue culture protocols developed by our own team and the set up of cell transformation techniques, we modify the genetics of these plants.
Trough this strategy, for example, we address the issue of improving the quality of Rhodes Grass improving the fructan content. We achieved the introduction of a novel gene that induces the production of these reserve sugars in plants that do not produce them.
It is a new variety of Rhodes Grass with an improved digestibility. This increases the efficiency conversion of pasture to meat. The improvement impacts positively on two aspects of livestock production systems:
On one hand, there is an increase in livestock productivity. This is evidenced as a higher rate of grass-meat conversion and/or increased stocking/acre.
At the same time, the environmental impact of livestock activity is reduced. This occurs by a decrease in the emission of greenhouse gases per kilo of produced meat.
Thus, we have generated a solution that satisfies simultaneously the concerns of producers and consumers of meat.
Genetic improvement of Rhodes Grass (Chloris gayana) to increase its nutritional value through an improvement in digestibility, retaining the advantages of the subtropical specie.
Genetic improvement of Rhodes Grass (Chloris gayana) to increase the production of reserve sugars that improved the energy availability and favors a greater production of meat or milk.
Genetic improvement of Rhodes Grass (Chloris gayana) to decrease the lignin content and improve the extraction of raw materials for BioEthanol.
Genetic improvement of Rhodes Grass (Chloris gayana) to generate cold tolerant variants .
Genetic improvement of Rhodes Grass (Chloris gayana) to generate tolerant to waterlogging variants.
Development of microbial consortiums for promoting growth of tropical and subtropical pastures
Tuning in vitro tissue culture of forage plant species and high performance genotypes selection
In vitro multiplication, of large amounts, of different plant varieties
Physical or chemical mutagenesis of seeds or embryonic calli
Genetic transformation of plant tissues by biolistic
Measurement of lignin by the method of acetyl bromide soluble lignin
Quantification of activity basal metabolic enzymes and antioxidants enzymes
Quantification of metabolites resulting from oxidative damage
Design and assembly of genetic constructs for plant transformation
Bioinformatic analysis of sequences with genetic information
Bioentrepreneurs counseling and management of scientific and technological projects
Design and planning of biotech projects