Biotech Updates

HB4® Wheat Receives Approval in Paraguay

July 12, 2023

HB4® wheat has received approval in Paraguay, according to the Instituto de Biotecnologia Agricola (INBIO). This approval allows the introduction of the HB4® event to wheat improvement programs so that in four to five years, wheat varieties will be ready to be produced and commercialized for their seeds.

As a genetically modified crop, HB4® wheat went through a thorough risk assessment process for commercial planting in Paraguay, including environmental, human and animal nutrition, and safety aspects. The approval process is comparative with its non-genetically modified counterpart.

The results of these studies were submitted to various regulatory agencies. During the evaluation process, the required additional studies were carried out, and all of them confirmed the safety of HB4® wheat. In addition to drought tolerance, HB4 wheat is also tolerant to the herbicide glufosinate ammonium, a technology that has been used safely for 20 years.

For more details, read the article in INBIO News (in Spanish).

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