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US EPA to OK MON87751 soybeans

The US EPA has proposed the registration of Monsanto's genetically modified insect-resistant MON87751 soybeans for seed production purposes. They produce the Bt Cry1A.105 and Cry2Ab2 toxins for the control of lepidopteran pests such as bean shoot moths (Crocidosema aporema), sunflower loopers (Rachiplusia nu) and fall armyworms (Spodoptera frugiperda). The approval would allow planting on up to 15,000 acres (6,070 ha). The USDA deregulated MON87751 soybeans in October 2014. The soybeans provide greater resistance to fall armyworms than the MON87701 line, which produces the Cry1Ac toxin. That is a component of the insect-resistant and glyphosate-tolerant Intacta RR2 Pro (MON87701xMON89788) soybeans, which were introduced in Brazil in 2013. The proposed US approval of MON87751 soybeans is open to public comment until April 17th.

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