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Embrapa to seek approval for GM beans

Brazilian developers expect new genetically modified disease-resistant kidney beans to be assessed by the biosafety authorities this year. A team from the Brazilian agricultural research corporation, the Embrapa, has developed a golden mosaic virus-resistant bean, employing RNA interference. The application for commercial approval should be submitted by the year end to the national technical commission for biosafety, the CTNBio, it says. The goal is a conclusion to the process by 2012, Argentine biotechnology newswire Argenbio reports. The virus is the crop’s “worst enemy in South America”, Embrapa researcher Francisco Argao says. It reaches plants in their “initial phase, and can claim an entire crop”. The corporation views the production of virus-resistant cultivars as the “most promising option” for use in IPM systems ( Agrow No 573, p 19).

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