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Brazil applies to market "own" GM soybean

The Brazilian agricultural research corporation, the Embrapa, has submitted an application for the commercial use of a “national” genetically modified herbicide-tolerant soybean. It applied to the GMO approvals body, the national technical commission for biosafety, the CTNBio, for the imidazolinone herbicide-tolerant product late last year. The product is the result of a development deal between BASF and the corporation. BASF signed a 20-year agreement in 2007 to market the product ( Agrow No 527, p 2). The technology is “100% Brazilian”, the national newspaper, Gazeta Mercantil, reports. The Embrapa expects the application to be considered at the commission’s February meeting and aims to introduce it in the market in 2011, the newspaper adds.

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