Brazil OKs Dow’s GM cotton
Dow AgroSciences has been granted provisional approval for its genetically modified insect-resistant WideSrike cotton in Brazil. The Brazilian national technical commission for biosafety, the CTNBio, approved the product at its March meeting. WideStrike uses two insect-resistant traits to control pests such as fall armyworms ( Spodoptera frugiperda), tobacco budworms ( Heliothis virescens), pink bollworms ( Pectinophora gossypiella) and cotton leaf caterpillars ( Alabama argillacea), Dow says. WideStrike produces the Bt Cry1F and Cry1Ac toxins. It was approved in the US in 2004 ( Agrow No 458, p 22).