Swiss crop protection and seeds group Syngenta International AG announced on Friday that with collaborative partner Myriad Genetics Inc it had completed mapped the rice genome. A genome contains the genetic material that makes up living organisms, the material is encoded in chromosomes composed of double-stranded chains of DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid). Syngenta, formed last year from the spun-off agribusiness activities of Novartis AG and AstraZeneca Plc, said it planned to use the rice genomics data for new commercial applications in agribusiness. But it would collaborate with the academic community, allowing researchers and plant breeders to apply the data to advanced breeding methods. The company further stated that the project, carried out at the Torrey Mesa Rsearch Institute (TMRI) in California, was the first of its kind to be completed.