Biotech Updates

APHIS Issues Review for Bayer's Short-Stature Corn

July 5, 2023

Photo Source: Bayer CropScience

Bayer's genetically engineered shorter-stature corn known as Smart Corn System has received safety approval from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). The shorter corn plants are modified to be 30% smaller with the same yields as other corn plants.

Bayer CropScience modified the corn plant to reduce the plant growth hormone gibberellic acid, to produce shorter plants and reduce the likelihood of lodging or stem buckling. In its review, USDA APHIS found that the modified corn is unlikely to pose an increased plant pest risk compared to other cultivated corn plants. As a result, it is not subject to regulation under 7 CFR part 340, and this plant may be safely grown and bred in the United States.

For more information, read the APHIS review and the news article in Feed&Grain.

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