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Castor cultivation firm Casterra Ag, a subsidiary of Evogene, has received an additional of US$2.2M worth of castor seed purchase orders for Africa, PR Newswire reported.

Casterra’s castor seeds, developed with Evogene’s GeneRator AI technology engine, would be used to grow castor to produce oil for use in biofuel production, the 3 July report said.

“This … reinforces our ongoing commitment to delivering … eco-friendly solutions to meet … growing global demand for renewable energy,” Casterra CEO Eyal Ronen was quoted as saying.

Casterra has developed its high-yielding castor bean seeds from a collection of more than 300 castor lines from over 40 different geographic and climatic regions. The company applies advanced breeding methods using Evogene’s Generator AI tech-engine, which uses plant genomics tools to enable industrial-scale production of castor beans.

Evogene is a leading computational biology company based in Israel.