Biotech Updates

Brazil's CTNBio Approves New GM Soybean

August 16, 2017

During their August plenary meeting, the National Technical Biosafety Commission (CTNBio) of Brazil has approved a new variety of Bt soybean for planting, human consumption, and animal consumption. In addition to insect resistance, the genetically modified (GM) soybean has tolerance to three herbicides: glyphosate, glufosinate, and dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D).

The GM soybean was obtained by crossing the events DAS-81419-2 and DAS-44406-6, and contains two genes for insect resistance (cry1Ac and cry1F) and three for herbicide tolerance (aad-12, 2mepsps and pat).

The technology belongs to Dow AgroSciences, named as Conkesta Enlist E3™, and the first product released by CTNBio that has genes for insect resistance and herbicide tolerance in a single event. Dow AgroSciences is now working on the registration with Brazil's Ministry of Agriculture. The same event has already been released in Argentina in 2016.

For more details, read the article (in Portuguese) in Boas Práticas Agronômicas.