Crop Biotech Update

New Soybean Varieties Introduced in Brazil

March 2, 2012

New soybean cultivars were introduced by Embrapa to improve the yield of soybean and control damage caused by root-knot nematode. Among the varieties developed by Embrapa recommended for planting in the South Central region of the country are the glyphosate tolerant varieties such as those developed by Embrapa Soja (Londrina, PR) and Embrapa Trigo (Passo Fundo, RS). The new varieties include:

  • BRS is an RR soybean cultivar with good production capacity early maturity, resistant to lodging and major diseases, including fit├│ftora root rot, stem necrosis virus, bacterial pustule of soybean and common bean mosaic; and recommended for production in the states of Rio Grande do Sul and Santa Catarina.
  • The BRS Taura RR is resistant to stem canker, spot "frog-eye", brown rot of the stem and bacterial pustule, moderately resistant to root-knot nematode Meloidogyne javanica; and recommended for the Rio Grande do Sul, Santa Catarina, Parana and Sao Paulo.
  • BRS 246 RR is resistant to stem canker, leaf spot "frog eye", brown stem rot and stem necrosis virus and recommended in Parana, Sao Paulo, Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul.
  • BRS RR has wide adaptation, optimal health and precocity, has determinate growth, classified as early maturity and can be grown in Rio Grande do Sul, Santa Catarina, Parana, Sao Paulo and southern Mato Grosso do Sul

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