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South Americans warm to BASF Brazil GMO

A BASF and Brazilian-developed genetically modified soybean is gaining significant interest from several South American countries, BASF says. Argentina, Bolivia and Paraguay are among those that have registered interest in the herbicide-tolerant soybean. The Brazilian agricultural research corporation, the Embrapa, has inserted imidazolinone herbicide tolerance genes identified by BASF into soybeans. It submitted an application for commercial release of the product to the Brazilian authorities last year ( Agrow No 559, p 19). The companies expect to launch it in Brazil in 2011. The soybean would be the first GM product developed with BASF and Embrapa-owned technology to be available on the Brazilian market, BASF says. It could be used against a broad spectrum of weeds, including those difficult to control today, and would lead to fewer herbicide applications, it adds.

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