Philippines approves Monsanto’s stacked trait maize
The Philippines has cleared the commercial cultivation of Monsanto’s genetically modified stacked trait insect-resistant and herbicide-tolerant MON89034xNK603 (YieldGard 2/Roundup Ready 2) maize. The approval, effective for five years, came from the Philippine Bureau of Plant Industry, the government agency that regulates field trials of GM crops. Sales are expected to commence in May. The YieldGard 2 trait expresses the Bt Cry1A.105 and Cry2Ab2 toxins and confers resistance to Asian corn borers ( Ostrinia furnacalis), corn earworms ( Helicoverpa zea) and common cutworms ( Spodoptera litura). The line was approved as a single trait in November. GM maize has been cultivated in the Philippines since 2002, when the first corn borer-resistant Bt maize was cleared ( Agrow No 414, p 23). MON89034xNK603 is sold as Genuity VT Double Pro in the US.