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Monsanto seeks US approval for high-yielding maize

Monsanto has applied to the USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) to deregulate its genetically modified high-yielding MON87403 maize. The line has been modified for increased ear biomass at an early reproductive phase through the introduction of the Arabidopsis thaliana ATHB17 gene. MON87403 will be combined with other traits to create maize lines with increased yield and protection against maize pests and tolerance to multiple herbicides, Monsanto points out. The company's petition for deregulation is open to public comment until March 23rd.

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