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Iden to test altered lignin maize in Spain

The Spanish company, Idén Biotechnology (Navarra), has applied to Spanish regulators to trial a genetically modified maize line with altered lignin content to be used as feed and for feedstock for production of cellulosic ethanol. Lignin content modification is achieved by suppression of the cinnamyl alcohol dehydrogenase (CAD) gene using RNA interference. The maize is also tolerant to Bayer CropScience’s herbicide, glufosinate-ammonium, for selection purposes. The proposed trial will take place on a 200m 2 site at the Instituto Técnico Agrícola, Santesteban, Navarra, from April 1st to October 31st 2010.

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