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USDA OKs MON87701 soybeans

The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has deregulated Monsanto’s genetically modified insect-resistant MON87701 soybeans. They produce a Bt Cry1Ac toxin for the control of lepidopteran pests such as bean shoot borers ( Epinotia aporema). The soybeans were developed for use in sub-tropical and tropical soybean-growing areas, such as South America, and are not intended for commercial production in the US. An EPA permit allows MON87701 to be grown for seed production on up to 15,000 acres (6,000 ha) in the US. A combination of MON87701 with Monsanto’s glyphosate-tolerant Roundup Ready 2 Yield (MON89788) trait has been approved in Brazil ( Agrow No 602, p 24). It is due to be commercialised as Intacta in autumn 2012 ( Agrow No 624, p 2).



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