Brazil debut for GM (genetically modified) beans in 2009
A Brazilian public research group is seeking to market genetically modified beans in two to three years, the regional Ministry of Agriculture for the state of Bahia reports. The Brazilian agricultural research corporation, the Embrapa, has carried out early-phase trials on bean golden mosaic virus (BGMV)-resistant beans, finding them "totally viable". It is to repeat the trials on a larger scale. The virus is spread by whiteflies (Bemisa tabaci). The Embrapa has not inserted a gene, but uses RNA interference technology to interrupt the synthesis of an essential protein for the replication of the virus.