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Paraguay develops its first GM soy

The first genetically modified soybean varieties to be developed in Paraguayan laboratories have been unveiled, national media report. They include two varieties: the CM 255RR variety is a drought-tolerant soybean, while CM 422 is an Asian soybean rust ( Phakopsora pachyrhizi)-resistant soybean. The Paraguayan institute of agricultural technology developed the beans with the assistance of US Ministry of Agriculture experts. The country planted some 2.6 million ha of soybeans last year, the Associated Press reports. The only commercially authorised GM soybeans in Paraguay to date are Monsanto’s glyphosate-tolerant Roundup Ready soybeans ( Agrow No 627, p 25). It also approved its first GM cotton (Monsanto’s Bollgard) last year, and planted a total of 2.8 million ha with GM lines last year ( Agrow No 634, p 15).

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