USDA advances Bayer/Syngenta GM soybeans
The USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has made a preliminary deregulation decision for Bayer CropScience/Syngenta's genetically modified herbicide-tolerant SYHT0H2 soybeans. The soybeans are tolerant to hydroxyphenylpyruvate dioxygenase (HPPD) inhibitor herbicides, such as mesotrione and isoxaflutole, as well as glufosinate-ammonium. A deregulation petition was opened for public comment in February 2013 (Agrow No 659, p 18). The APHIS has since reached a preliminary finding of no significant impact and has issued a draft environmental assessment and plant pest risk assessment for public comment. Syngenta and Bayer have applied for US EPA approval for the use of mesotrione and isoxaflutole on SYHT0H2 soybeans. The companies are planning to launch the soybeans between 2015 and 2020 (Agrow No 659, p 23). The APHIS decision is open to public comment until June 30th.