Biotech Updates

Argentina Approves New GM Maize Variety

June 13, 2008

Argentina’s Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Food recently approved the commercial release of the genetically modified maize line 1507xNK603. The maize line, jointly developed by Dow AgroSciences and Pioneer Hi-Bred, harbors the Herculex I insect protection gene stacked with the glufosinate ammonium Roundup Ready Corn II gene.1507xNK603 has been approved for cultivation in the United States and Canada. The GM maize can also be imported and used for food and feed by several countries around the world. The newly approved GM variety is resistant to the stem borer, sugarcane borer (Diatraea saccharalis) and the fall armyworm, pests that severely limit maize production in the region.

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