Costa Rica receives GM maize applications
Two seed suppliers have applied for approvals to plant four of Monsanto’s genetically modified maize lines in Costa Rica, national newspaper el Pais reports. The report highlights national concerns around the “suspension” of imports of Monsanto GM maize in the EU and Russia. Monsanto’s Delta and Pine Land Costa Rican affiliate, D&PL Semillas, seeks approval to plant 15 ha of Monsanto’s glyphosate-tolerant Roundup Ready Corn 2 (MON603), its insect-resistant YieldGard VT Pro (MON89034), its stacked glyphosate-tolerant and insect-resistant YieldGard VT Rootworm/RR2 (MON88017) maize, while the national seed supplier, Semillas del Tropico (San Jose), has requested approval to plant some 20 ha of Roundup Ready Corn 2, and insect-resistant YieldGard Rootworm (MON863) maize. Experimental planting has run since 2005 in the country ( Agrow No 467, p 20).