Cuba plants GM maize
Cuba is pressing ahead with trials of its own genetically modified maize. The Cuban biotechnology and genetic engineering centre, the CIGB, is conducting trials on 3 ha of its GM insect-resistant FR-Bt1 maize line. It is for use against fall armyworms ( Spodoptera frugiperda). Some 60 ha are scheduled to be planted in four provinces, the Biotechnology Information Center reports. Cuban authorities have said they are planning mass planting of GMOs this year ( Agrow No 560, p 16). The maize is to be used for food and feed.