Biotech Updates

Brazil Approves Two New GM Corn Traits

November 20, 2009

Brazil's National Biosafety Committee has approved Syngenta's genetically modified corn MIR162 and Bt11xGA21 for commercial cultivation in the country, Syngenta said in a press release. MIR162 expresses the Vip3Aa20 insecticidal protein for protection against lepidopteran pests such as the corn ear worm, black cut worm and fall army worm, which according to Syngenta is the main insect threat to corn in Brazil. Bt11xGA21, on the other hand, expresses both the EPSPS and PAT enzymes for tolerance to glyphosate and glufosinate herbicides and the cry1Ab protein for insect resistance.

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