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Biotech Bits

The Argentine seed company Sursem has reached a deal with Monsanto to access its biotech glyphosate-tolerant and insect-resistant Bt Roundup Ready 2 soybeans. Sursem has its own breeding programs in corn, soybeans and sunflowers. It has raised its sales from $9 million in 2007 to an expected $35 million this year, helped by the expansion of its distribution network in Argentina, Bolivia, Paraguay and Uruguay. Martin Oliva, soybean breeding director at Sursem, says that more growers are demanding the technology and recognizing the property rights of developers.


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