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Brazil CTNBio defers verdict on GM beans

The Brazilian technical commission for biosafety, the CTNBio, has further delayed its decision on the commercial registration of genetically modified golden mosaic virus-resistant beans from the Brazilian agricultural research corporation, the Embrapa. Commission president Edilson Paiva says that it has analysed the GM bean’s application, and that it “will soon vote on it”. A member of the commission has made a “request for examination”, leading to the scheduled vote being withdrawn. The vote among the 24-member CTNBio should take place at the next meeting, in mid-September. That meeting should also consider changes to regulations on commercial planting of GMOs, including their monitoring. A decision on the application had been shelved earlier this year ( Agrow No 614, p 20). The commission approved a GM maize line (see this issue), and 29 joint applications for field trials of GM crops including of several multi-stacked events.

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