Brazil OKs GMO trials
The Brazilian authorities have approved four applications for trials of genetically modified crops. The national biosafety technical committee, the CTNBio, approved applications for: two trials of Monsanto’s insect-resistant and glyphosate-tolerant MON15985xMON88913 cotton; one of Monsanto’s glyphosate-tolerant MON89788 soybeans and its glyphosate-tolerant and insect-resistant MON87701xMON89788 soybeans; and Syngenta’s insect-resistant and herbicide-tolerant maize at its April meeting. It further authorised nine biosafety quality certificates. A proposal to amend regulations governing the commercial release of GMOs remains under review. It was submitted by the commission’s new president, Edilson Paiva, at the February meeting. The application for commercial release of Bayer CropScience’s glufosinate-tolerant LibertyLink rice has headed the agenda for many months. The commission withdrew it from the April agenda for continuing lack of documentation. There is no approved GM rice product in Brazil.