Canada mulls Monsanto's SmartStax Pro application
The Canadian authorities have notified receipt of an application from Monsanto for approval of its genetically modified insect-resistant and herbicide-tolerant SmartStax Pro (MON87411) maize. The company applied to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Health Canada for food, feed and unconfined environmental release. The maize has been modified to express a double-stranded RNA transcript and the Bt Cry3B1 toxin for the control of corn rootworms (Diabrotica spp). The line is also tolerant to the herbicide, glyphosate. Monsanto applied for USDA deregulation earlier this year (Agrow No 684, p 17). It was the first GM crop using RNA interference technology to be submitted for deregulation. The Canadian application is open to public comment until September 3rd.