Argentina targets GM HT cane in two years
Argentina could be producing genetically modified herbicide-tolerant sugar cane “within two to three years”, national newspaper La Nación reports. It claims that the field trial station, Agroindustrial Obispo Colombres, in Tucuman is evaluating glyphosate-tolerant cane, and cane with tolerance to other herbicides. Station technical director Daniel Ploper says that the development of such cane would lead to a halving of weed control costs. “Presently, three applications are required costing $50/ha, and that could be cut to just $20/ha with a couple of glyphosate applications,” he reportedly says. The trials are testing cane with the Monsanto’s Roundup Ready trait used in cotton, maize and soybeans. Mr Ploper is hopeful that Argentina’s products will become the first GM cane globally to reach the market, “with possible commercial approval within two years”.