Brazil OKs 16 GM crop field trials
Brazil approved 16 of 19 field trial applications for genetically modified crops at the December meeting of the national technical commission for biosafety, the CTNBio. Six came from Bayer CropScience, three for cotton events including its herbicide-tolerant Glytol/LibertyLink (GHB614xLL25) and stacked herbicide-tolerant and insect-resistant Glytol/TwinLink (GHB614xt304-40xHCN28), two for soybeans and one, maize. Another six approved applications were for DuPont seed subsidiary Pioneer Hi-Bred International products. They included five for soybeans, including one triple-stack insect-resistant, and another for insect-resistant and herbicide-tolerant maize. Another three Pioneer products are to undergo further analysis. The rest of the approved applications included two from Dow AgroSciences (one encompassing several maize events, including its herbicide-tolerant and insect-resistant SmartStax [MON89034xTC1507xMON88017xDAS-59122] maize, and one soybean), and one each for Monsanto (Genuity maize) and Syngenta (insect-resistant 5307 maize). All applications for commercial planting were shelved until at least the next meeting in February.